Jan 18 2013 by Colin Rutherford, Kilmarnock Standard
A thug preyed on children as young as 13 while they walked home from school.
Andrew Kinloch threatened to stab his victims and stole money and posessions, Kilmarnock Sheriff Court was told.
Kinloch, 29 – a prisoner in Barlinnie – pleaded guilty to assaulting and robbing one youngster and trying to rob a second in Little Bellsland Road, Kilmarnock, in October last year.
And – along with co-accused Rhonda McLaughland, 27 , whose address was given as Cumnock’s Peden Court hostel – he admitted assaulting and robbing a 16-year-old schoolgirl on the same date.
His sentence was deferred this week.
The court heard that two 13-year-old boys were walking home when they were approached by Kinloch.
He asked one of the boys if he had any money.
And, when the youngster asked how much he wanted he replied: “All of it.”
The child handed over £7.
Kinloch then turned his attention to the second boy and demanded to know if he had cash or a mobile phone.
And he said he would stab the boy in the neck if he didn’t hand them over.
As he spoke, Kinloch had his hand behind his back as if he was concealing comething although nothing was produced.
The robbery bid came to an end when McLaughlan put her arm round Kinloch and said: “Don’t stab them. They’re just weans.”
The two later came across the 16-year-old female who was walking with friends.
McLaughlan engaged her in conversation before asking her to hand over her mobile phone.
When the girl said that she had no phone, but had an iPod, that was demanded.
The teenager refused and Kinloch told her: “If you don’t give her the iPod, I’ll give her my knife.”
McLaughlan then pulled the iPod from the girl.
Kinloch and McLaughlan were both detained later the same afternoon and the iPod was found in their possession.
Sheriff Seith Ireland deferred sentence until February 11 and called for criminal justice social work reports.
McLaughland’s bail was continued, while Kinloch was remanded in custody.