Hatton Garden defendants convicted of the biggest burglary in English legal history

14/01/2016

Three men were convicted today for offences relating to the burglary of a vault at Hatton Garden, in the heart of London’s jewellery district. Four other men had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle. The burglary took place over the Easter weekend, 2nd to 5th April 2015, and an estimated £14 million worth of jewellery, gold and cash was stolen.

Ed Hall, CPS London reviewing lawyer, said: "Following a successful prosecution the Crown Prosecution Service, together with the MPS, have convicted the men who carried out the biggest burglary in English legal history.

"The four main ringleaders, a close-knit group of experienced criminals, some of whom had been involved in other high-value crimes, pleaded guilty after realising the strength of the case against them. As a result of this trial, three other men who played significant roles including the moving and concealing the stolen gold and jewels have also been convicted.

"This was a challenging case for the CPS given the huge amount of evidence generated from a crime that was years in the planning. It was our job to present to the jury a clear picture of the planning, commission and aftermath of the burglary and how the defendants each played their roles. Today's convictions are a testament to the dedication and hard work of the prosecution team in doing this so well."

Background

Defendants and convictions:

Pleaded guilty on 4th September to one count of conspiracy to burgle:
John Kenneth Collins (75 years old)
Daniel Jones (60 years old)
Terrence Perkins (67 years old).
Brian Reader (76 years old)

Convicted after trial:

Carl Wood (58 years old) - Conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property

William Lincoln (50 years old) - Conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property

Hugh Doyle (48 years old) - Concealing, converting or transferring criminal property

 

John Harbinson,42, was acquitted of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property