Thief threw woman from speeding car in Edinburgh

A TERRIFIED woman who was trying to recover her stolen handbag was pushed out of a speeding car by the thief.

Ross Cummins pushed petrified the student out of the vehicle near Edinburghs Maybury Casino. Picture: Bill Henry

Ross Cummins, 28, pushed Chinese student Ying Wang out of the vehicle near Edinburgh’s Maybury Casino in October 2014.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how his friend Wayne Affleck, 25, was driving at 20 miles per hour when the woman was thrown onto the road on Maybury Road.

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Cummins - who has 10 previous convictions for robbery, assault and robbery and assault and attempted robbery- had earlier stolen Ying Wang’s handbag as she sat in a car outside the casino.

However, she chased after him and grabbed hold of the item as Cummins entered his friend’s car. The student was then dragged 100 metres along the road before she was forcibly ejected from the car.

When police arrested the pair following the scam, they discovered that Cummins had committed another two armed robberies in the Edinburgh area.

Between September 29 2014 and October 1 2014, he also targeted a Carphone Warehouse shop and threatened two staff members with a blade. He got away with six iPhone 6 mobile phones and £500 cash in the raid.

He also targeted the Cashino amusement arcade in the city’s Nicolson Street and used a Burberry scarf to mask his face.

Cummins - who was on bail from Edinburgh Sheriff Court on theft and assault by threat charges - stole £260 in gaming tokens after threatening two staff members there with a six inch knife.

The story emerged after Cummins, a prisoner of HMP Edinburgh, pleaded guilty to assault and robbery and culpable and reckless conduct charges.

Affleck, of Craigmillar, also pleaded guilty to a charge of culpable and reckless conduct.

Deferring sentence for the court to obtain reports, judge Lord Glennie refused Cummins’ request to grant him bail ahead of the hearing next month.

Both Cummins and Affleck will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on July 22.