One of the armed robbers who targeted The Gleneagles Hotel in June 2017 has had his appeal against his sentence refused this week.
Richard Fleming instructed his lawyers to appeal against the sentence imposed in October 2018 on the basis that was too harsh. Judge Lady Carmichael sentenced Fleming to 18 years for his part in the robbery at the 5 Star resort.
In her sentencing statement Lady Carmichael made reference to Fleming’s “extensive record of previous offending” as well as stating ““You took hammers, a machete, and a self-loading pistol, or an item that resembled one, to Gleneagles hotel in order to commit a robbery. In the course of about two minutes in the hotel, you had taken Rolex watches worth in excess of half a million pounds from the Mappin and Webb jewellers there. There was CCTV footage which illustrated very clearly how staff and guests fled in fear as you entered the hotel masked, armed and dressed in dark clothing. They clearly had no way of knowing whether or not the firearm was a genuine one.”
At the end of her sentencing statement Lady Carmichael added “This offending, looked at together with the previous conviction for a firearms offence to which I have referred, demonstrates that you are a danger to the public, and I consider that the normal period of licence would not provide sufficient protection to the public.”
The appeal judges Lord Glennie and Lord Turnbull did not find in favour of Fleming, stating that they could not find any fault in the sentence and that the appeal was refused.