Robber who tied up couple is jailed

The early morning robbery took place at the city's Hopetoun Guest House. Picture: Neil Hanna
The early morning robbery took place at the city's Hopetoun Guest House. Picture: Neil Hanna
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AN armed thug who tied up a couple and bundled one into a wardrobe during a robbery at a guesthouse has been jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Nicholas Wynne, 26, admitted carrying out two robberies within eight hours at the High Court in Glasgow yesterday.

The court heard how he held up Matthew Colvin at Comely Bank last February and robbed him after threatening to attack him with a blade.

Advocate depute Lisa Gillespie, prosecuting, said: “At approximately 9pm Mr Colvin, who had his phone in his hand, was grabbed after he entered the common close .

“The accused told him ‘Stay calm I’m not going to stab you’ and then grabbed the phone and £30 in cash.

“The complainer thought the accused had a knife.”

He also pleaded guilty to abducting Stephen Lawson and Samantha Surtees at Hopetoun Guest House, Hopetoun Crescent, at 5am the following morning.

Wynne is said to have threatened them with scissors and held them against their will by tying them up.

Mr Lawson, whom Wynne knew and was “friendly” with, was then forced into a wardrobe before his attacker made off with a tablet computer on February 27.

Advocate depute Gillespie said: “The accused also demanded that Miss Surtees put her hands behind her back. She complied because she knew he had the scissors in his pocket.”

When police caught up with Wynne he told them: “I do not know why these people are making up lies about me.”

The court heard that Wynne has a previous High Court conviction for abduction, assault and robbery for which he received a six-year sentence.

He had been released on licence from that sentence on February 6, 2014.

Wynne was ordered by judge Lady Scott to be monitored in the community for three years after his release from prison.