Two convicted for Trinity newsagent machete robbery
Two men who attacked a convenience store owner with a machete during an attempted robbery in Trinity have been convicted.
At Edinburgh High Court on Thursday Liam McMeechan pled guilty to assault to severe injury, permanent disfigurement and attempted robbery while David Allan pled guilty to assault and attempted robbery.
McMeechan (23) and Allan (50) entered the A+A Newsagents in South Trinity Road on 18th December 2015 before McMeechan assaulted the 52-year-old man with a machete. Both then tried to steal money from the store.
The victim successfully fought his attacker off and the pair then made off from the area. He was then treated in hospital for a fractured skull and various lacerations to his head. Following investigation by Edinburgh’s CID, Allan was arrested on 31st August 2016 before Meechan was arrested on 6th September 2016.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin MacLean said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the shopkeeper, who suffered some horrific injuries while bravely fending off both men. Their willingness to utilise a dangerous weapon demonstrates McMeechan and Allan’s violent nature and thanks to the evidence provided by the victim and other witnesses we were able to secure convictions for the pair of them.
“I would like to thank all of those who provided vital assistance with this investigation, which undoubtedly helped bring these men to justice.”
The men will be sentenced at a later date.