A banned driver who stole a distinctive car before using it as a getaway vehicle for an armed robbery of an Aberdeen shop left his DNA and fingerprints in the vehicle.
Jay Jay Kirton denied to police that he had been in the yellow Fiat Punto and maintained that they would find no forensic evidence linking him to it.
But a court heard that his DNA was found on the steering wheel and gear stick along with his fingerprints.
Kirton, 24, and an accomplice, Richard Cameron, 30, admitted staging a robbery brandishing knives at DSG Stores, in Bankhead Road, Aberdeen, on June 5 last year, when they appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.
Kirton also pled guilty to stealing the car in Provost Rust Drive, Aberdeen, the previous day and to driving while disqualified and without insurance.
The men were seen grabbing around £430 in cash as well as cigarettes before getting into a yellow car after the raid.
The vehicle was later found by police in a car park near Fairlie Street.
Cameron was seen walking towards the car but on seeing police he ran off. He was also seen speaking to Kirton who also fled.
Cameron, of Provost Rust Drive, was detained by police at a house in the city’s Newton Road and clothing worn by him in the robbery was found beneath a divan bed.
Packets of cigarettes and some cash was found during a search of Kirton’s address also in Newton Road.
Advocate depute Suzanne Tanner QC told the court that during a subsequent interview Kirton denied driving the car on the day it was stolen.
The prosecutor said: “He said he had never been in the car and that there would not be DNA linking him to the vehicle.”
Kirton, who has previous convictions for theft, assaults, drugs and road traffic offences, claimed that he did not even know where the store was that had been robbed and told officers: “I’ve never robbed. I winna rob shops.”
Footage of the robbery at the shop was played to the court. Ms Tanner told the court that Kirton “is seen approaching the counter holding a knife up in his right hand and gesturing towards a shop assistant who is backing towards a storeroom”.
During the raid Kirton demanded a carrier bag from the member of staff which he put packs of cigarettes in while Cameron rifled the till.
Cameron, who also has convictions for theft, assault, drugs and road traffic offences, could also be seen on the film with a knife gesturing towards the till in the shop premises.
Kirton’s defence solicitor advocate, Chris Fyffe, told judge Lord Ericht: “He accepts a custodial sentence will be inevitable in this case.”
Defence counsel Ronnie Renucci said Cameron has had “a chronic drug problem for some considerable time” but had been given a prescription for the heroin substitute methadone.
Lord Ericht deferred sentence on the pair for the preparation of background reports and remanded them in custody, rejecting a motion that Cameron’s bail be continued.