A ROBBER pounced on a 76 year-old woman as she went to her local shop.

Daniel Coia crept up behind Margaret McLean and told her: "I'm going to take your bag."

The 30 year-old claimed he had a knife and warned the OAP not to scream.

Coia and an accomplice fled from the scene of the crime in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire, in May this year.

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But, the victim shouted after him: "I will remember you."

Police were alerted before Coia was discovered in a friend's garden.

It emerged he had been freed early from prison following a previous violent offence.

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He is now back behind bars after he pled guilty to an assault and robbery charge at Glasgow Sheriff Court.

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Sheriff Johanna Johnston QC branded what happened "despicable".

Coia was remanded as sentencing was adjourned for reports