Armed robber loses bid to cut jail term


A man who carried out an armed robbery on a bookmakers while high on drugs has lost a legal challenge to his 10-year jail term.

Robert Barry Crossan stole £390 after brandishing a gun inside the betting office in Londonderry.

Lawyers for the 38-year-old, who has 101 previous convictions, claimed his sentence was manifestly excessive.

But judges in the Court of Appeal ruled that the correct prison term had been handed down for the “somewhat amateurish enterprise”.

Mrs Justice Keegan said: “The public deserve to be protected against this type of behaviour and there has to be a deterrent element.”

Crossan, from Creggan Heights in Londonderry, was found guilty of robbing the Ladbrokes office on Racecourse Road in December 2013 armed with either a gun or imitation gun.

Mrs Justice Keegan refused leave to appeal the prison term.