A drug addict, who robbed a young woman at knife point as she made to enter her home, has been jailed for 16 months with a six month supervised release order.
He will also have to live in supervised accommodation and attend drug counselling.
Twenty-seven year old Ryan Duddy, a prisoner in Barlinnie, pled guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court previously to assaulting and robbing 23-year old Danniella O’Hare in Gorgie Road, Edinburgh, on December 26 last year. Sentence was deferred until today (March 27) for reports.
Sheriff Frank Crowe heard how around 9.30 pm on Boxing Day, Ms O’Hare was approaching her front door when she saw Duddy coming towards her. He was pulling his clothing up to mask his face.
She shut the door of the common stair, but Duddy pushed it open and came in. The woman thought he might be a resident and turned away, but Duddy grabbed hold of her, holding a knife at her throat.
She began screaming and struggling, but Duddy got her purse and keys. She ran into the street and police officers in a passing car saw her and then Duddy coming out of the building.
He ran off, pursued by the officers on foot. They saw him throwing something away and caught him after a short chase. The officers found the victim’s purse, containing £150, her keys and the knife.
At the police station, Duddy told the officers he had been out of trouble for a year and what had happened: “was an act of madness”.
Sheriff Crowe was told the woman had been badly shaken by the incident, but not injured.
Defence solicitor, Graeme Clark, told Sheriff Crowe that Ms O’Hare told the police that Duddy had held the knife close to her throat, but it had not touched her. Duddy, he added, had a long term problem with drugs.
He had been released from prison on Hogmanay, 2015, and, said Mr Clark, Duddy had appeared less out of control.
His client, however, accepted he had terrified his victim.
Sentencing Duddy, Sheriff Crowe told him he had a long record and a desperation for drugs. “You attacked this young woman and held a knife to her throat. We really cannot have this happening because of your drug habit. I have no alternative but to impose a prison sentence”.