Men given indeterminate sentence for public protection for robbery in Dorset

01/11/2011

Three men have been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection after having been found guilty today at Bournemouth Crown Court of the robbery of 78-years-old Leonard Langdown, which happened on March 24 at Mr Langdown’s farm in the Bloxworth area of Dorset. A fourth defendant was sentenced to 12 years’ imprisonment.

Jennie Rickman, Crown Advocate for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex said: "Michael Seddon, Samir Lammali and Jake Borland have been given an indeterminate sentence for public protection after having been found guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court of the robbery of 78-years-old Leonard Langdown, which happened on March 24 at Mr Langdown's farm in the Bloxworth area of Dorset. The judge ordered that they will have to serve a minimum of seven and a half years before the Parole Board will consider whether they are safe to be released. Caleb Holland was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment.

"This sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences committed by the defendants. They targeted Mr Langdown knowing that he possessed firearms. The defendants attacked him whilst he tended to livestock at his farm. They concealed their identities by wearing balaclavas. They subjected Mr Langdown to a two hour ordeal of violence. They threatened to cut off his fingers and threatened to kill him. Mr Langdown eventually under these threats gave up the location of the keys to the safe where he stored his firearms.

"Mr Langdown was legally in possession of the 17 shotguns, three rifles, and ammunition. All of these were taken from him. During the robbery his bank book was taken as well as personal effects and £4500 in cash.

"The defendants left Mr Langdown tied up. He managed to escape and called the police. The defendants were arrested following a thorough investigation by Dorset Police who sent a file of evidence to the Dorset Unit of the Crown Prosecution Service in Wessex.

"We carefully reviewed the evidence in this case and charged the defendants with robbery. A fifth man Ryan Dear was found guilty of possessing shotguns without a licence and was sentenced to 12 months' imprisonment but was acquitted of handling stolen goods.

"We would like to thank Mr Langdown for his bravery and courage when giving evidence. There is no doubt that this was a terrifying ordeal for him. We hope that with these sentences he will be able to move on with his life."