Brother and sister jailed for iPad thefts


Three people, including two members from the same family, were today sentenced to six years at Coventry Crown Court for their part in robbing victims of their iPads and then later trying to intimidate the victims as well as trying to pervert the course of justice.

Amar Ahmed, aged 27, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing of two counts of robbery and two of witness intimidation. On 29 October 2012 at Coventry Crown Court he also pleaded guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice along with his sister, Shazir Akhtar, 33.

The sister's friend, Rooh Jabeen, 37, pleaded guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice at an earlier hearing. 

In March 2012, Amar Ahmed contacted the victims in response to their adverts for iPads which they wanted to sell via the Gumtree website. Ahmed then attended the home addresses of the sellers and robbed them at knife point.

Andy Gee, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"It took the actions of one brave victim which ultimately led to the arrest and conviction of not only Ahmed, but also his sister and her friend.

"After being threatened and robbed, the victim posted a photo-fit image of Ahmed on Gumtree with a message to warn other potential victims. He became aware of this and telephoned her twice threatening to blow up her house and kill her if she did not remove the image and message. Unbeknown to Ahmed the victim recorded his threatening calls on her mobile phone.

"The police were informed and following an investigation, Ahmed was arrested and charged.

"Whilst on remand his sister, Shazir Akhtar, visited him in prison and he told her where he had hidden the victim's iPad and asked her to arrange to return it to the victim and get her to drop the charges.

"Akhtar recruited her friend, Rooh Jabeen, to assist her. Jabeen attended the victim's address and offered money for her to drop the case. The victim contacted the police and the two females were arrested.

"I would like to take this opportunity of thanking the victim for her quick-witted and courageous actions and supporting the prosecution case in order to bring these three individuals to justice.

"I would also urge people who use websites to be extremely careful when engaging in such transactions and follow the safety tips which most websites have posted on their pages."

Amar Ahmed was sentenced to six years
Shazir Akhtar was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and a curfew from 6pm to 6am
Rooh Jabeen was sentenced to six months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months and 80 hours unpaid work.