Edinburgh prisoner who held shop assistant at gunpoint dies behind bars

Published date13 January 2022
Publication titleEdinburghLive (Scotland)
David Taylor was confirmed by authorities to have passed away on January 10 while he was serving his four and a half year sentence at Saughton Prison

The 46-year-old had been jailed in 2018 after an incident at a Scotmid store at the Inch, where he had held a 23-year-old assistant at gun point.

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Mr Taylor had proceeded to steal several hundred pounds worth of cash and tobacco from the convenience store on Walter Scott Avenue.

Appearing at the Edinburgh Sheriff Court in 2018, he was sentenced for both robbery and the possession of a firearm.

During his court case in 2018, Lord Pentland told the court he would have jailed Taylor for seven years for the armed shop hold up had it not been for his early guilty plea, reports the Record.

The court heard Taylor had taken "a large amount of street Valium" before the incident.

Taylor went up to the counter of the Scotmid shop and asked 23-year-old shop assistant, Aaron Blyth, for cigarettes.

Mr Blyth put the items on the counter and looked away for a moment before looking back and seeing Taylor holding a handgun in front of him.

The shop worker was told to be quiet and get the money out of the till and was instructed to put cash notes in a bag.

Taylor was arrested five days later at his Edinburgh home and told officers he had recently lost his job.

He pleaded guilty to assaulting the...

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