A man who robbed a female gold dealer at gunpoint has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.
Belfast Crown Court heard that when the victim, who is in her 40s, attended what she believed was a personal appointment to view gold and jewellery, she was instead confronted by a masked man who pointed a gun at her head.
Prosecuting lawyer Ian Tannahill told the court yesterday that despite being pistol-whipped, the dealer wrestled with the gunman and managed to remove his balaclava.
The court was told that when the woman’s husband came to see what the commotion was, the gun was pointed at him as well before the masked man ran off.
The lawyer said when the balaclava and a hat which was inside it were forensically tested, the DNA profile of 44-year-old Kenny Craig was uncovered and he was arrested.
During a police line-up, his victim picked him out as her assailant. Despite that, and the scientific evidence, Craig, from Dundela Flats, denied being the robber.
However, at the end of his trial in September a jury convicted him of robbery and possessing a firearm or imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery.
Belfast Judge David McFarland ordered that Craig spend half his sentence in jail and half on licence.