Two men jailed for conspiracy to rob and burgle - Slough

23/02/2015

Two men appeared at Reading Crown Court on Thursday, 19 February 2015, and were jailed for a combined total of 16 and a half years after a Slough shopkeeper was attacked and robbed at knife-point as he prepared to leave work.

Naseem Khan, aged 27, of no fixed abode, and Bakhtullah Safi, aged 29, of Anson Road, London, were sentenced to seven years imprisonment each for conspiracy to rob and four years imprisonment each for conspiracy to burgle. The sentences will run concurrently.

Safi was further sentenced to two-and-a-half years imprisonment for perverting the course of justice, to run consecutively, making a total of nine and a half years imprisonment, after he made calls from prison in an attempt to interfere with a witness.

The pair were found guilty of the offences on Friday, 13 February 2015, following a five day trial, which was heard before the same court.

On 10 August last year, Khan and Safi were involved in a robbery at a Polish supermarket in Farnham Road, Slough, whereby the shopkeeper was attacked and robbed at knife-point of cash, his phone and shop keys as he was getting into his vehicle to leave work.  A neighbouring shopkeeper alerted police to the incident at 12.30am.

Officers were immediately dispatched and the victim was located at the rear of the business property. He told police that he had walked to his van after locking up the shop, when he was punched to the neck from behind.  When he turned around, he saw four to five men wearing hoods and scarves covering their faces. He told police that they were armed with knives.

The victim then went on to explain how he was hit on the head and told to get into his van where he was then robbed by some of the men who also got into the vehicle.

Meanwhile, other officers went to the front of the shop where they found the shutter raised. Khan was arrested from within the shop.  Safi was arrested the day after the incident after a vehicle used to make their escape was linked to him.