A failed footballer has been jailed for the armed robbery of a Coral Bookmakers in Aberdeen in 2016.
The Coral Bookmakers in Aberdeen was robbed in October 2016 by former professional football player, Warren Keating. Keating was formerly assigned to Liverpool FC. Due to a later injury, the accused 29-year-old was subsequently unable to fulfil his career in football.
It has been suggested that this career crash subsequently led to the use of drugs and consequently the resulting robbery.
Representing the defendant Keating, QC David Moggach told the court:
“Mr Keating was a promising footballer and was signed up by Liverpool Football Club, but because of injury he could not follow that career and took to drugs”
However, Keating was not alone in the Coral Bookmakers robbery. Darren Summers, 30, also from Liverpool accompanied Keating in the act.
The two travelled to Aberdeen and robbed a Coral branch in Cornhill. Using a knife and masks to disguise their faces, the pair carried out the robbery on the bookmakers, stealing a total of £2,800.
The knife was subsequently held to a Coral employee’s neck for the cooperation of the handover of the cash sum from the safe.
Both were jailed for their crimes on Thursday 5th July at the High Court in Glasgow. Summers has now been imprisoned for four years and Keeting, for five.
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Original sources: BBC News | The Press and Journal