Gun raid duo JAILED

Two men sent down over gun raid at book­ies

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY KELLY WIL­LIAMS

TWO men have been jailed af­ter a Llan­dudno bet­ting shop was held up at gun­point.

Ja­her Miah ran into the shop in Glod­daeth Street with an air gun pis­tol and told the ter­ri­fied cashier: “Give me the money or I’ll shoot you”.

Miah, 21, who had part of his face cov­ered with a ban­dana, had also threat­ened to open fire if the po­lice were called.

As he was point­ing the gun, he pulled back the mech­a­nism and handed over a bag, which the cashier Peter Hal­l­i­day put £213 into.

Mold Crown Court yesterday heard that Miah’s part­ner in crime, An­drew Owens, 21, of Maes Clyd, Llan­dudno, worked at another Wil­liam Hill book­ies in the town.

While he was not di­rectly in­volved in the rob­bery, he was found guilty of con­spir­ing with Miah and sen­tenced to two and a half years in prison.

Miah, of Car­men Sylva Way in Llan­dudno, was sent to jail for four and a half years.

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Mills told the court that a man work­ing near the bet­ting shop saw a BMW with the letters M and X in the reg­is­tra­tion which had been driven around the area in a sus­pi­cious man­ner.

A woman had seen a man walk­ing near the shop the pre­vi­ous evening and another had spot­ted two men, their faces cov­ered.

Miah was ar­rested when he turned up in the BMW at the shop where Owens worked at 6.30pm on the day of the rob­bery.

Mr Mills read a se­ries of texts which had passed be­tween the two men, plan­ning the rob­bery.

Fur­ther in­quiries re­vealed that Miah, a de­liv­ery man, had debts of £1,500.

He lied to po­lice about try­ing to get a hair­cut at the time of the rob­bery.

Owens had been ar­rested at his home two days af­ter the rob­bery.

In an im­pact state­ment Mr Hal­l­i­day said a se­cu­rity screen had since been erected at the bookie’s which iso­lated him from cus­tomers, and it was “no longer the job it used to be”.

The rob­bery had a mas­sive im­pact on his wife, who wanted to leave the area.

Owen Ed­wards, for Miah, said he came from an im­pec­ca­ble back­ground and there was another side to his char­ac­ter.

He had a good work­ing record and ac­knowl­edged the se­ri­ous­ness of what he had done.

Bar­ris­ter Dun­can Bould, for Owens, said he came from a hard work­ing fam­ily and was re­morse­ful.

Pass­ing sen­tence Judge Row­lands said Miah had been smok­ing cannabis since the age of 11 and was £2,000 in debt, and Owens, smok­ing it since 15, had a debt of £3,000 with a £20-a-day habit.

“It ought to be a salu­tary les­son to any­one think­ing of smok­ing cannabis from a young age,” com­mented the judge.

He said Owens had been guilty of “a very se­ri­ous breach of trust” to­wards his em­ploy­ers whereas Miah had taken an im­i­ta­tion firearm, point­ing it straight at Mr Hal­l­i­day.

Jailed: Ja­her Miah (above) and An­drew Owens

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