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Couple sentenced for assault and robbery

A man and woman who dragged a young girl out of the passenger seat of a car before stealing it have been sentenced at Hamilton Sheriff Court today.

Gary Thomson, 32 was sentenced to 32 months imprisonment and disqualified from driving for seven years.

Sarah Blakeway, 31 was ordered to carry out 240 hours of unpaid work and given a Restriction of Liberty Order for a nine month period.

The pair had pled guilty to a charge of assault and robbery on 3 March at Airdrie Sheriff Court.Thomson also pled guilty to a charge under Section 103(1)(B) of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

On 3 November 2019 a 15-year-old girl was sitting in the passenger seat of her mother’s car which was parked outside a local shop in Coatbridge Road, Glenmavis.

The court heard that Blakeway assaulted the girl, opening the front passenger door and dragging her out of the car by her hair as Thomson entered the driver’s seat. Blakeway then jumped into the passenger seat as the car drove away.

The motor vehicle was abandoned a short time later in a nearby car park. The pair were traced and arrested several days later.

The girl was not injured during the incident.

Les Brown, Procurator Fiscal for South Strathclyde, said:

“This type of offending, involving as it does an unprovoked attack on a child and the theft of a vehicle in a small village on a quiet Sunday morning, is extremely rare in this area.

“As such, I welcome the conviction and sentence and the message it sends. We will not tolerate this type of behaviour.

“I wish to thank everyone involved with the case and in particular the police officers who obtained the key evidence that allowed our prosecutors to secure this conviction.”