Betting shop bosses welcome conviction after Aberdeen robbery

Coral betting shop at Cornhill Shopping Centre.
Coral betting shop at Cornhill Shopping Centre.

Betting shop bosses today welcomed the conviction of two men who carried out an armed raid on one of its stores.

Coral management spoke out after the conviction of Warren Keating, 29, and Darren Summers, 30, branding it an “appalling” crime.

The pair were found guilty of the robbery, which took place at the Coral branch in the Cornhill area of Aberdeen in October 2016.

During the raid, in which the pair stole £2,800, a knife was held at the throat of one of the employees.

A spokesman for Ladbrokes Coral said: “This was the most appalling, violent crime and a traumatic and terrifying experience for our colleagues.

“We are therefore pleased that the perpetrators of this awful crime have been caught and brought to justice.”

The men were convicted of the robbery, which they denied, earlier this week after a trial.

They will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh next month.

The High Court in Edinburgh had heard that, during the robbery, the two men wore masks.

They intimidated betting shop workers Jade Williams and Craig Mackland.

Ms Williams told the court that a knife was held to her throat.

She told the court during her evidence she and her colleague were working when two masked men entered the shop.

She said one of the men grabbed her and held a knife to her throat.

He then demanded that she hand over the shop’s takings to him.

Ms Williams said: “They took me to the safe.

“They pushed me down to the ground and held a knife at my throat. He demanded that I open the safe.

“He sounded like a Scouser.”

Keating had tried to escape Scottish justice before the start of the trial.

However, he went to Spain, leaving Scottish police to obtain a European arrest warrant.

He was apprehended in Spain and brought back to Scotland.