HMA v Megan Preston & Steven McGregor

At the High Court in Glasgow Lord Bracadale sentenced Megan Preston and Steven McGregor to 4 years in prison after they pled guilty to a series of robberies and attempted robbery on 29 March 2012 at Meadows Public Park, Edinburgh.

On sentencing Lord Bracadale made the following statement in court:

“You have pled guilty to a very serious course of conduct involving robbing and attempting to rob a number of young people making their way across the Meadows at night.  You presented an imitation firearm at them.  You also struck one of the complainers over the head with the gun before members of that group turned on you and disarmed you.

Although the gun was an imitation firearm it looks very like a real one.  This must have been a very frightening experience.

You Megan Preston have no previous convictions and you Steven McGregor have only a minor previous conviction.  I shall treat each of you as a first offender.  It is very troubling that first offenders should become involved in crime as serious as this.

I am satisfied that each of you must serve a substantial prison sentence.  I do not think that there is any basis for distinguishing between you.

You pled guilty using the accelerated procedure.  I consider that the appropriate sentence, taking charges 1, 2 and 3 together and leaving out of account the stage at which you pled guilty would be 6 years imprisonment.  Because you pled guilty at the first opportunity I shall allow a full discount and impose a sentence of 4 years imprisonment backdated to 30 March 2012. On charge 4 the sentence will be 4 years reduced from 6 and that will be served concurrently at the same time as the sentence on charges 1-3”.