CPS Dorset praised for major robbery convictions

19/05/2010

CPS Dorset has been praised for its work on a major robbery case at Bournemouth Crown Court. On 14 May 2010 resident Judge HHJ Wiggs congratulated the Service on one of the 'best prepared and presented cases he had seen'.

The case in question was a series of armed robberies which spanned five counties. John Mulhall, 51, Daniel English, 44, and Gary Donakey, 40, were found guilty of all charges following the trial. A fourth gang member James Harrison, 25, pleaded guilty to all charges. The case brought to an end a four year period of criminal activity where the men had terrorised security staff in the course of cash in transit robberies.

Dorset CPS successfully took to trial offences that had taken place in not only its own county but also in Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and Dyfed Powys in Wales. The gangs' total cash hauls amounted to in excess of £300,000.

Crown Advocate Angela England said that the CPS and Police from all the forces involved were pleased that the jury's verdict had brought to an end the criminal activities of four dangerous men, two of whom were already convicted armed robbers: "These men had no hesitation in using extreme levels of violence, they sprayed petrol on guards who thought they would be set on fire, they hit others with metal bars and more than once used firearms in order to steal large sums of money. Fortunately it was the beginning of the end for them when Dorset police caught two of them in a vehicle the day after the robbery of the Christchurch Branch of Nationwide with all the gangs' balaclavas, face masks, a  Magnum handgun and the money from the robbery in the boot of the vehicle".

All four men will be sentenced on 30 June at Bournemouth Crown Court.