Man demanded cigarette at ‘gunpoint’ at Arbroath train station

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A man had a gun pointed at his head and was threatened with being shot - by a gunman who demanded only a cigarette from him, a court heard.

Kevin Ross pulled a fake air pistol on Spanish national Andreas Giallombardo at Arbroath train station on a busy Friday night - sparking a major police operation.

Several streets were closed as a cordon was thrown up around the scene of the incident on March 11 this year.

Specialist officers assisted local officers as they probed the incident.

They later described the incident as having been brought to a “safe conclusion”.

Ross (43), a prisoner at HMP Perth, appeared at Forfar Sheriff Court yesterday and pleaded guilty on indictment to presenting an air pistol to Andreas Giallombardo with intent to rob him, and the unlawful possession of the pistol in a public place.

Ross admitted assaulting Mr Giallombardo, presenting an imitation pistol at him, threatening to shoot him, and demanding a cigarette from him, with intent to rob him.

He further admitted having an imitation firearm without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.

His not guilty pleas to having the intention of making Mr Giallombardo believe unlawful violence would be used against him, possessing a firearm with intent to commit assault and robbery, and threatening to kill Sergeant Andrew Sheppard at Arbroath police station were accepted by the Crown.

Fiscal depute Bill Kermode made a Crown motion for the forfeiture of the air pistol, which was not opposed by Ross’s lawyer.

The court was told Ross had been held for a mental health assessment, but that his condition had improved and he was fit to enter pleas to the charges.

Sheriff Pino Di Emidio deferred sentence to August 3 for the preparation of criminal justice social work reports, and Ross was remanded in custody.