Man convicted of violent disorder and burglary at jewellers in Waltham Cross

15/02/2012

A jury decided on Monday, 13 February 2012, that CCTV images of a man leaving a looted jewellery shop in Waltham Cross was Adam O'Harro.

The 21-year-old was convicted by a majority of 10 to 2 at St Albans Crown Court of violent disorder and burglary at Ozcan's jewellers in the High Street during the summer riots.

He was identified by two Police Community Support Officers who viewed  images of the looting which showed a man they said was him leaving the shop at four minutes to eleven at night.

Prosecutor Alison Ginn told the jury that on the night, the police withdrew from the town centre after a mob of young men in hoodies with scarves around their faces ran at them.

The manager of Ozcan, Mrs Tugba Temel and her husband, who had been called out to the shop after the burglar alarm went off, were left on their own as a mob stole £20,000 worth of jewellery. 

She later told the police she was "shaking with fear" as she was trapped inside the shop when the shutters were forced back. 20 or more youths with hoods covering their faces smashed the glass and snatched items from the display. One man used his head to shatter the glass in a display cabinet.

At one point the shop's owner, Okay Amasyali arrived at the scene. He was armed with a branch which he swung to ward off the looters. The manager's husband armed himself with a broom and joined in. They had some success as the mob retreated, said the prosecutor.

O'Harro of Grove Road, Leytonstone pleaded not guilty to violent disorder and burglary on 07 August last year. He denied he was part of the mob who looted the shop. In the witness box he said he did not know where he was that night, but said it was possible he could have been with his girlfriend.

After he was convicted ,Judge Michael Baker QC remanded him in custody. He is due to be sentenced on Friday, 17 February 2012.

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