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Five men guilty in Securitas robbery case

28/01/2008

Lea Rusha, Stuart Royle, Jetmir Bucpapa, Roger Coutts and Emir Hysenaj were found guilty today at the Old Bailey of the £53m robbery at the Securitas Depot in Tonbridge, Kent.

Following the conviction, Kent Chief Crown Prosecutor Roger Coe-Salazar said: "This was a very serious crime which involved the kidnap of, and threats to, Mr and Mrs Dixon and their seven year old child by masked men armed with guns, as well as 14 employees being held at gunpoint.

"This was not a victimless theft. The defendants put people's lives at risk just to serve their own greed and to enjoy a life of luxury and ease that the theft of the cash would have offered to them.

"The Crown Prosecution Service has demonstrated to the jury that Lea Rusha, Stuart Royle, Jetmir Bucpapa, Roger Coutts and Emir Hysenaj were the people who agreed to rob the Securitas Depot and used firearms on that night."

Mr Coe-Salazar said the court was told the defendants had been thoroughly preparing their crime for nearly a year before committing it, thinking out the details carefully and traveling all over the country to get the materials they needed. They took great care to disguise their appearance, even to the extent of using professional prosthetic technology from the film industry.

He said: "The Securitas Robbery has been CPS Kent's biggest ever case and has required a huge level of sustained dedication from caseworkers and lawyers and is exemplary of the skills we have in the CPS.

"We were involved from the very start and worked closely with Kent Police advising and taking key decisions as the investigation progressed. We reviewed the statements of about 1,000 witnesses; 8,000 pages of paper exhibits and over 15,000 pages of other material.

"In particular the sheer complexity of the evidence required great thought as to how to present it powerfully and intelligibly to the jury. We were confident that there was sufficient evidence and it was in the public interest to bring this prosecution."

John Fowler and Keith Borer were found not guilty.

  1. The trial started on 26 June 2007 at the Old Bailey.
  2. The robbery was commited in the night of the 21-22 February 2006 at at the Securitas Depot inTonbridge, Kent.
  3. The defendants were initially Lea Rusha, Stuart Royle, Jetmir Bucpapa, Roger Coutts, John Fowler, Emir Hysenaj, Michelle Hogg and Keith Borer.They were charged with conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to possess a firearm. Keith Borer was charged with handling stolen goods.
  4. The Prosecution discontinued the proceedings against Michelle Hogg on 3 October 2007. She was cleared of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to possess a firearm at the time of committing an offence.
  5. For local media enquiries, please contact CPS Kent Area Communication Manager on 01622 655314, and for national media enquiries, please contact CPS Press Office on 0207 7796 8105.