Organised crime group sentenced for total of twenty years

29/01/2016

Four members of an organised crime group who carried out twenty one cashpoint and safe burglaries across England and Scotland have been sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court today.

The group were sentenced for a spate of burglaries, during which they stole around 160k, causing in excess of 250k worth of damage in the process.

Michael Rowlinson, 25, from Tudor Close, Winsford was sentenced to four years and ten months imprisonment. Nathan Green, 32, from Sale Road, Wythenshawe was sentenced to five years and nine months. David Murphy, 29, of Craven Road, Broadheath was sentenced to five years and four months. David Bennett, 37, of Arbor Avenue, Burnage was sentenced to five years and seven months.

John Dilworth, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North East, said: "Given the careful planning of the defendants in this case, the sentences passed today are testament to the effective partnership work between Northumbria Police and the Crown Prosecution Service throughout this investigation.

"The high forensic awareness of the defendants led them to take significant precautions in their attempt to avoid detection during their crimes; avoiding CCTV and ensuring that DNA and fingerprints were not left at the scenes of crime. 

"Despite this, we have worked closely with the investigating officers to identify key evidence, building a very robust case against all of those sentenced today. We are very pleased that our combined efforts have resulted in this sophisticated organised crime group being jailed for a total of over 20 years."