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Three men sentenced to a total of 53 years in prison for knifepoint robberies at London homes

12/12/2012

A group of masked men who targeted wealthy victims and robbed them at knifepoint at their homes in London have been convicted of conspiracy to rob at Southwark Crown Court today and sentenced to a total of 53 years imprisonment.

Stephen Apted, CPS London Crown Advocate, said: "The victims in this case were subjected to a horrifying ordeal in their own homes where they were robbed at knifepoint by masked men.

"These men targeted lone and older victims who they knew to be wealthy leaving restaurants late in the evening. They then followed them home and attacked them on their door step, stripping them of their valuables and jewellery.

"Jewellery worth approximately £300,000 was stolen during the course of five such robberies.

"People should be able to go about their daily lives free from fear of such attacks.

"CPS London will do all it can to prosecute those who bring violent crime to our streets."

Background:

Gulam Gani, Nicholas Lewis and Sean Wallace were found guilty of conspiracy to rob and Lewis was also convicted of one count of robbery. Gani was sentenced to 18 years' imprisonment, Wallace was sentenced to 15 years and Lewis was sentenced to 20 years. Trevor Benjamin was acquitted of two counts of conspiracy to handle stolen goods.

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