Eight months in jail for cashpoint robbery

Selkirk Sheriff Court

Selkirk Sheriff Court

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A “desperate” man who robbed a woman as she withdrew money from a cash machine in Galashiels, was jailed for eight months at Selkirk Sheriff Court on Monday.

The 63-year-old woman was withdrawing £50 from an ATM in Gala Park on August 2.

As she collected the two £20 notes and a £10 note from the machine, Tunnicliffe came up behind her, grabbed the money from her grasp and ran off.

He was pursued by a passerby, tackled to the ground, and the money recovered.

Fifty-three-year-old Tunnicliffe of High Street, Galashiels admitted the offence, which was captured on CCTV, and committing it while on two bail orders.

He received three months imprisonment on a further three offences – to run concurrently.

Tunnicliffe admitted stealing clothing at Borders General Hospital on October 31 last year.

Prosecutor Alasdair Fay told how the accused was visiting at the Melrose hospital and was seen on CCTV taking a jacket left by a hospital porter.

On November 7 last year, Tunnicliffe stole goods worth £111, which were fully recovered, from Asda in Galashiels.

He also admitted stealing £81 worth of alcohol from Tesco in Galashiels on August 15 this year, and committing the offence while on bail.

“He was caught on CCTV at about 2pm, and there was no recovery,” explained Mr Fay.

Defence solicitor Robert More said his client had apologised for stealing the cash from the woman.

“He said he was sorry, and that he was desperate,” explained Mr More.

The solicitor said his client had lived a law-abiding life until the age of 50 and moved to Galashiels following an “acrimonious” separation.

“He associated with the wrong people and began using illicit drugs,” continued Mr More.

“In May, his new partner died of a heroin overdose, and he has led a chaotic lifestyle over the past few years,” he added.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond told Tunnicliffe: “You are 53-years-old and have a catalogue of relatively minor offending.”

But he said Tunnicliffe had “hit the bottom of the barrel” by robbing a 63-year-old woman of cash.