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Man Jailed After Extradition from Spain

A 26-year-old man has been sentenced to eight years in jail after being found guilty of robbery, reports the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service.
 
He had been caught on CCTV during the raid on the pawnbrokers store in central Edinburgh in January 2014.
 
He attempted to avoid his trial by fleeing to Spain, but his location was finally traced in March 2017 and he was subsequently arrested and extradited back to Scotland.
 
During his trial, the High Court in Edinburgh was shown images of the man taking jewellery and watches to the value of more than £70,000.
 
A second man had already received a custodial sentence last year for his part in the incident.
 
“Gareth Edwards fled abroad in a deliberate attempt to avoid the consequences of his actions,” explained Nicky Patrick, Procurator Fiscal for Homicide and Major Crime, speaking after sentencing.
 
“We were able to work closely with criminal justice partners in Spain and, once the accused had been traced, he was quickly returned to Scotland to be tried,” she said.
 
“This sends a clear message that we will not allow perpetrators of crimes to escape from the justice system in Scotland and we will do everything we can to ensure they are brought before the courts,” she added.
 

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