A ROBBER repeatedly apologised as he robbed an elderly shopkeeper at knifepoint of £80 and a packet of cigarettes.

Matthew Carroll, 35, presented the blade at Mary Hack, 64, at the RS McColl shop in Glasgow’s Castlemilk last August.

Carroll asked Miss Hack for 20 cigarettes before leaning over the till, showing her a small knife and saying: “I’m sorry about this.”

The shopkeeper told Carroll that she was unable to open the till and he asked her to scan the cigarettes.

Miss Hack opened the till and Carroll took £80 in cash and the cigarettes.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard Carroll kept saying: “I’m sorry about this” through the incident.

Prosecutor Mark Allan told the court Miss Hack was “shaken and upset” as Carroll fled from the shop.

A 999 call was made and officers quizzed Miss Hack.

Carroll was later traced coming out his flat, also in Castlemilk, wearing the same clothes and was arrested.

Carroll, who has previous convictions, pleaded guilty today to the robbery.

Lawyer Neil Stewart, defending, said: “This wasn’t a case where he was waving a knife, shouting and swearing.

“He was merely presenting the knife, but he accepts she would have been alarmed and is sorry.”

Sentence was deferred until next month for background reports by Sheriff Sean Murphy QC who continued Carroll’s bail meantime.