Ex-Arsenal kid Ismail H’Maidat jailed for string of armed robberies despite earning £9k a month

FORMER Arsenal and Crystal Palace kid Ismail H'Maidat has been jailed for 46 months for a month-long spree of armed robberies that started last Christmas Day.

A Belgian court heard the Morocco midfielder, who cost Roma £3.5million in 2016, carried out five gunpoint raids despite reportedly earning £9,000 a month.

Ex-Arsenal kid Ismail H’Maidat jailed for string of armed robberies despite earning £9k a monthAlamy2 Ismail H'Maidat will be at least 25 when he gets out of jail after the ex-Arsenal trialllist was given a 46-month sentence for five armed raids in Belgium

H'Maidat, 23, and an accomplice stole cash in four of the robberies.

The Dutch-born star, who trialled with the Gunners in 2012 and joined Palace the following year, robbed betting shops, a supermarket and a petrol station.

H'Maidat's last loan club, Westerlo, booted him out after he was first arrested in February over the raids in and around north Belgian town Turnhout.

The two robbers were traced using CCTV footage, car number-plate recognition and a search of phone records.

Ex-Arsenal kid Ismail H’Maidat jailed for string of armed robberies despite earning £9k a monthGetty – Contributor2 Former Brescia midfielder Ismail H'Maidat took part in a robbing spree in a Belgian town that began on Christmas Day last year

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