Post Office robbers jailed for 17 years

13/07/2015

Two men and a 17-year-old youth who pleaded guilty to carrying out an armed post office robbery in Moseley have today been sentenced to a total of 17 years at Birmingham Crown Court.

Around 8:30am on Wednesday 27 May 2015, an employee of the post office began to open up the premises for the start of the business day. As he was opening the shutters, Tayyab Ayaz, aged 20, from Balsall Heath, Ilyas Khan, 18, from Moseley and a 17-year-old Umar Mahmood, also from Moseley, all armed with machetes, threatened the employee and forced him into the post offices.

They stabbed the victim in the leg and demanded the keys to the safe.

Police were alerted to the armed robbers and they immediately placed a containment around the post office until armed officers arrived at the scene.

The victim managed to escape from the post office and was later taken to hospital for treatment on his injuries.

The police then entered the post office where they located the defendants and arrested them.

The three individuals were each charged with robbery and threatening another with an article with a blade or point. At an Early Guilty Plea hearing, the three defendants pleaded guilty to charges and were jailed as follows:

  • Tayyab Ayaz - six years 
  •  Ilyas Khan -  five years and eight months 
  • Umar Mahmood  - five years and eight months

Sean Kyne, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution said:

"This was undoubtedly an extremely serious case and a terrifying experience for the victim.

"The reviewing lawyer and the officer in the case worked closely to build a compelling case against the defendants which lead to their guilty pleas and as a result this case was dealt with under the 'Early Guilty Plea' scheme, which is designed to improve the efficient and effective disposal of guilty plea cases in the Crown Court through the early identification, review and listing of applicable cases. The ultimate aim of this scheme is to ensure that a guilty plea is entered by the defendant to be sentenced at the early hearing.

"In this prosecution, the defendants were sentenced within 45 days of committing the offence, which has spared the victim in this case the stress and anxiety of a Crown Court trial.

"The CPS is committed to working with our partner agencies to improve the service which we provide to victims and witnesses of crime.

"We hope that the sentences imposed offer some comfort to the victim of these offences."