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Boxer's six years for garage raid

Caernarfon Crown Court
Thomas made a "crucial error" by wearing a distinctive motorbike helmet

A former Wales Commonwealth Games boxer has been jailed for six years for a robbery at knife point at a petrol station.

Aaron Thomas, 29, the son of former Wales footballer Mickey Thomas, denied the £12,000 robbery at the petrol station at Rhos-on-Sea, Conwy in May.

But Caernarfon Crown Court heard CCTV captured a distinctive tattoo of Thomas fiancée's initials on his neck.

The judge said Thomas was "desperate for money" after losing at a casino.

Prosecutor Simon Medland told the crown court jury that Thomas, a welterweight boxer who was in the Wales squad for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, made a "crucial error" when he raided the garage wearing a distinctive motorbike helmet and dark clothing.

CCTV had recorded the tattoo of the initials "SB" on the back of his neck, the prosecution said.

The court heard Thomas had terrified two petrol station workers in the raid.

Thomas, of Rhos-on-Sea, has lost £5,300 in a casino hours before the robbery, the jury heard.

Jailing the boxer, Judge Merfyn Hughes QC told him: "I'm quite satisfied that when you entered the shop about 7am on 30 May, you did so because you had only just lost a substantial amount of money by gambling it away on the roulette tables of that casino in Stockport."

"You were in those circumstances desperate for money."

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