He was a pre pubescent kid in the mines.
"...the dilithium mines? Not that it mattered, as I was no longer part of their plans against the Federation. In those terrible depths lived only the damned. Together with the Reman slaves I was condemned to an existence of unceasing labour and starvation under the brutal heel of the Romulan guards. Only the very strongest had any hope of survival. I was only a child when they took me."
"Then I didn't see the sun or stars again for nearly ten years. The only thing the Romulan guards hated more than the Remans... "
So. Should have looked like crap.