Northern Ireland

Barry Crossan gets 10 years for Derry bookmakers raid

A man with more than 100 convictions has been jailed for 10 years for robbing a bookmakers in Londonderry.

Barry Crossan, from Creggan Heights, had denied involvement in the armed robbery at Ladbrokes on the Racecourse Road back in December 2013.

However, Crossan was convicted last month by a jury of stealing almost £400 in the raid.

The 38-year-old was also found guilty of possessing a firearm or imitation firearm.

The court was told that Crossan was armed and wearing a black balaclava during the robbery.

He shouted at the male staff member behind the counter "give me the money".

A judge said: "Offending such as this against small businesses must be deterred."

Crossan will serve five years of the sentence in custody and five years on licence in the community.

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