HMA v Christopher Blair Robertson

At the High Court in Edinburgh on 20 September 2019, Lord Arthurson sentenced Christopher Robertson to eight years’ imprisonment after the accused pled guilty to hamesucken, assault to injury and attempted robbery.

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

“Christopher Blair Robertson, you have today, on the morning of your trial, tendered a plea of guilty to a single charge libelling hamesucken, assault to injury and attempted robbery. On 6 February this year you forced your way into domestic premises in Inverurie, with your face masked, brandished a knife at and assaulted the two complainers named in the charge, one to his injury, and attempted to rob them.

“Your criminal record is deplorable. You have been convicted three times previously on indictment, most recently in 2017 at sheriff court level for being concerned in the supply of controlled drugs and for possession of a knife, and twice at High Court level in 2002, first for attempted murder and robbery while on bail, and second in respect of two charges of assault and robbery. You have in total accrued 13 groups of previous convictions and served five prior custodial sentences.

“I have listened with care to the submissions advanced on your behalf by your counsel today in mitigation.  I note in particular the full and helpful information provided by him in respect of your difficult personal circumstances and background. I also take into account the utility of your plea of guilty, albeit I note that this development came very much at the 11th hour of these proceedings.

“On any view the only appropriate disposal in your case, standing the nature of the index offence before the court today, the antecedents in your record at this court for crimes of violence, associated with acquisitive offending, and taken also with your recent knife‑related conviction on indictment in the sheriff court, requires to be a very significant custodial one.  

“In the whole circumstances I now accordingly sentence you on the present indictment to a period of eight years imprisonment, discounted from a period of eight years and six months imprisonment due to the timing of your plea. That sentence will be backdated to 8 February 2019, being the date of your initial remand in custody in this case.”