HMA v John Paul Regan

At the High Court in Glasgow today, 17 May 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced John Paul Regan to five years and four months’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to assault and robbery and firearms offences.

On sentencing, Lord Arthurson made the following statement in court:

“John Paul Regan, you have today been convicted on your own pleas of two separate charges of assault and robbery in which your respective victims were each shop assistants in convenience stores. These crimes occurred on the same date in December last year, the first in Glasgow and the second in Kilmarnock.

“On both occasions a weapon was involved, in that you brandished an imitation firearm at a shop assistant in each of the commercial premises libelled in the charges. You have also pled guilty to two associated statutory charges under the Firearms Act 1968.

“Your criminal record discloses that you have accrued to date 24 groups of previous convictions and served six prior custodial sentences.

“In 2012 you were convicted on indictment of a relevant and analogous offence, namely assault and robbery. On that occasion the weapon involved was a knife and the sentence imposed was one of two years imprisonment.

“I have listened carefully to what has been said by your counsel today in his comprehensive and helpful submissions in mitigation advanced on your behalf, and I take into account in particular what I have been told concerning your whole personal circumstances and family background in considering the question of disposal in your case.

“I also note and take into account your acknowledgement of responsibility for these crimes by your pleas of guilty to the indictment at this early stage in these proceedings.

“I have reached the view, without difficulty, that the course of serious criminal conduct disclosed on the present indictment represents a considerable and concerning escalation in your offending pattern and history.

“The use by you of an imitation firearm in the crimes of assault and robbery at two sets of commercial premises on a sequential basis is of sufficient gravity that your offending in this case requires on any view to be visited by a significant custodial disposal.

“In these circumstances I have concluded that the obtaining of a background report will not advance matters such as to inform the sentencing exercise to be undertaken in respect of the offending before the court today.

“In the whole circumstances I now sentence you as follows. In respect of charges one and three, the charges of assault and robbery, you will serve on an in cumulo basis a sentence of five years and four months’ imprisonment, discounted due to your early pleas from an in cumulo period of eight years’ imprisonment.

“In respect of charges two and four, the associated charges under the 1968 Act, you will serve on each charge a sentence of three years imprisonment, which period is discounted from a period of four years and six months’ imprisonment due to the timing of your pleas.

“These sentences will all be served on a concurrent basis and will be backdated to 18 February 2019, being the date of your initial remand in custody in respect of these offences.”

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