B&B thug tied up OAPs in guest house raid

David Campbell was jailed at the High Court in Livingston. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
David Campbell was jailed at the High Court in Livingston. Picture: Gordon McBrearty
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A Bed & Breakfast robber who tied up and robbed two terrified OAP landladies in their guest houses was jailed for six years.

David Campbell targeted the pensioners in copycat raids across Scotland just weeks after being freed from jail for similar robberies.

Jailing Campbell at the High Court in Livingston, Lord Bannatyne told the 49-year-old career criminal he had admitted “very nasty offences”.

He added: “This must have been utterly terrifying to a 69-year-old lady, a 76-year-old lady and a nine-year-old child.

“These offences can properly be described as appalling. I also note you have a significant record. It’s lengthy and analogous.

“I know your last sentence for robbery attracted a sentence of no less than eight years in custody. Furthermore you’re assessed as being at high risk of reoffending.”

He told Campbell he would not start the new six year prison sentence until he had completed the 600-day balance of an earlier eight-year sentence.

The accused was recalled to prison for committing the latest offences while out on licence.

Judge Lord Bannatyne also made Campbell subject to an extended sentence of a further four years and six months, which means he will remain under social work supervision after his eventual release.

The court was told earlier that Campbell targeted a 75-year-old woman at her bed and breakfast in Helensburgh while a nine year-old boy staying with her tried to fight him off.

He earlier trussed up a 69-year-old bed and breakfast owner in Tranent, East Lothian, and fled with £125 after she refused to give him the PIN numbers for her bank cards.

He also ran away from a 77-year-old woman’s guest house in Corstorphine, Edinburgh without paying in January this year.

Campbell – who has more than 130 convictions – left his victims in tears, the court was told.

Bizzarely, he later contacted two of his elderly victims to say he was sorry – even calling one ‘a lovely woman’.

Solicitor advocate Chris Fyffe, defending, said his client had expressed “genuine remorse” for the offences.

He said: “He acknowledges that the victims in these cases must have been terrified by his actions.

“He’s extremely sorry for the distress and upset he’s caused them.”