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Valium addict robbed garage twice.

A VALIUM-ADDICTED teenager was locked up for three years yesterday after two armed robberies at the same garage.

Craig Winning, 18, held up a shopkeeper using a screwdriver, even though she had known him for years.

He was caught and charged - but robbed the same garage armed with a knife just a few weeks later.

Yesterday, the High Court in Perth heard Winning had a pounds 7000-a-year valium habit.

He had been addicted to the drug since the age of 14, and the court was told his home village of Lochgelly, Fife, had many other addicts.

Winning robbed shopkeeper Isobel McLeod, 60, at the Meadows Filling Station in Crosshill. He stole 150 power cards and a charity collection box last August.

Mrs McLeod identified him from photos.

But after his arrest, he returned and stole power cards and cigarettes, holding a knife at shopkeeper Lorraine O'Donnell's face.

Gordon Martin, defending, said: "He has been addicted to valium since he was 14. He was taking 30 to 40 a day.

"All of his contemporaries in Crosshill are addicted to valium and he fell into that lifestyle again."

Lord Wheatley sent Winning to a young offenders' institution for three years after he admitted the charges.

He said: "To commit the first offence was bad enough, but to go on and commit the second was unbelievable and shows how far you had lost control of yourself."
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Date:Feb 15, 2003
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