Local thug claimed he had ‘police connections’ as he held knife to throat of vulnerable neighbour

The incident happened in Old Halkerton Road, Forfar

A brutal thug who subjected a vulnerable neighbour to a terrifying knife robbery was today facing jail.

Aaron Wallace found the man – who has a learning disability and mental health issues – reading a magazine in the common close of the block of flats they both lived in in Old Halkerton Road, Forfar.

Wallace first hurled abuse at his victim before pulling out a blade and following the man into his home as he tried to back off.

The brute then demanded cash and the man’s bank card and PIN number as he held the knife to the terrified victim’s chest before telling him he was “connected to the police” and told him not to phone cops.

Despite that threat the victim called 999 and Wallace was found minutes later carrying the man’s stolen bank card.

Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court the 26-year-old was left “traumatised” by his ordeal and had to move home as a result.

She said: “The accused made various threats during the incident about stabbing the complainer.

”The complainer became increasingly concerned and said at one point the blade was very close to his upper chest.

“The accused said he was going to ‘stab him like a pig’ and said to hand over his money.”

Wallace, 33, a prisoner at HMP Perth, pleaded guilty on indictment to a charge of assault and robbery committed on July 6 this year.

Defence solicitor Billy Rennie said: “In all likelihood he accepts there’s an inevitable conclusion given the charge and his record.

“He has not been sent to prison for more than 10 years.

“There was a significant gap in his offending since 2007.

“He’s under no illusions as to how matters will likely pan out in relation to this case.“

Sheriff Alastair Carmichael deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and remanded Wallace in custody meantime.

He said: ”Custody is the most likely option here.”