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Teenager sentenced for robbery – Hamilton

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A teenager has been sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment for a robbery on a train in Hamilton in which he stabbed another teenager five times.

Callum Hamilton, aged 18, of Hillside Crescent, Hamilton, pleaded guilty at Hamilton Sheriff Court on 1 March to one count of assault causing injury and one count of robbery.

He was sentenced at the same court to 15 months’ imprisonment, in a young offenders’ institution.

On 14 October 2016, Hamilton followed a 17-year-old boy who he knew onto a train at Hamilton central railway station. He had a verbal altercation with the victim before demanding his mobile phone. He then punched the victim and stabbed him five times in his lower back and buttocks. He then grabbed the victim’s phone and left the train at Hamilton West station.

He was arrested on 11 November and charged the same day.

Det Insp Arlene Wilson said: “Hamilton was only 17 years old when he committed this violent robbery on a train against his peer. He will now spend more than a year of his life in a young offenders’ institute, where I hope he will reflect on his actions. By stabbing the victim, he could have taken his life that evening. The victim is lucky that his injuries were not life-threatening, but they were still incredibly serious and this was a dreadful ordeal for him to experience.  It is simply not ok for anyone to carry weapons or attack each other in this manner and I am pleased that Hamilton has pleaded guilty had been sentenced for this offence.”  

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