A 17-year-old boy was shocked to discover that the masked man who tried to rob him at an ATM in Glasgow was his own father.
The incident happened on 19 November last year, when the boy went to withdraw £10 near his home in Cranhill.
He noticed a hooded figure lurking near the machine, who suddenly grabbed him by the neck and pressed a large kitchen knife against his face.
The robber demanded the money, but the boy recognized his father’s voice and eyes. He pulled down the snood that covered his face and asked him what he was doing.
His father apologized and said he was desperate. The boy ran away and told his grandmother, who called the police.
The 45-year-old father was arrested at his home and confessed to the crime. He said he did not know it was his son at the cash machine.
He pleaded guilty to attempting to rob the victim and of possession of a knife in a public place.
He was sentenced to 26 months in prison by Sheriff Andrew Cubie, who described the case as “an extraordinary set of events.”
The court heard that the boy’s mother, brother and son were all extremely angry at him.