Career crook jailed for life after armed robberies

High Court, Edinburgh

High Court, Edinburgh

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A CAREER criminal who committed five armed robberies over a 16 month period has been jailed for life.

Paul Gibson,37, robbed a number of conveniences stores in Livingston, West Lothian between February 2011 and June 2012.

He also tried to successfully rob another shop in the town.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how Gibson wore masks, threatened employees with knives and pocketed thousands of pounds during the raids.

Gibson, a prisoner of HMP Addiewell, was convicted on armed robbery charges after a high court trial last year.

He has previous convictions for attempted murder, serious assault, assault and dishonesty.

Following legal arguments, judge Lord Boyd gave Gibson an Order for Lifelong Restriction.

The order means that the parole board can only release a person back into the community when they no longer pose a threat to public safety.

Lord Boyd also ordered Gibson to serve at least six years before the parole board can start assessing on whether he is fit to be given his freedom.

Passing sentence, Lord Boyd said: “You are a man with a history of violence.”