Hatton Garden burglars ordered to pay £8.2m or face extra prison time

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Six men involved in the Hatton Garden burglary have been ordered to pay back £8.2 million or face having years added to their prison sentences.

John Collins, Daniel Jones, William Lincoln, Terence Perkins and Brian Reader were subject to a week-long confiscation hearing at Woolwich Crown Court, judgment for which was handed down today (30 January).  Hugh Doyle also had judgment handed down today after a confiscation hearing on 29 January.

Four of the confiscation orders are the first to be made against the main defendants - Collins, Jones, Perkins and Reader - who were found to have jointly obtained the whole of the proceeds of the burglary, with a calculated value of £13,690,331.75.

These orders are:

  • John Collins – benefit £13,690,331.75, available amount £7,691,711.25, default sentence 7 years
  • Hugh Doyle – benefit £27,194.44, available amount £367.50, default sentence 14 days
  • Daniel Jones – benefit £13,690,331.75, available amount £6,647,828.91, default sentence 7 years
  • William Lincoln – benefit £63,486.00, available amount £26,898.00 default sentence 9 months
  • Terence Perkins – benefit £13,690,331.75, available amount £6,526,571.65, default sentence 7 years
  • Brian Reader – benefit £13,690,331.75, available amount £6,644,951.00, default sentence 7 years

The amount of £6,447,079.50 remaining from the burglary includes £5,757,846.50 of hidden assets and £689,233 of property seized by the police that cannot be restored to a specific victim, which will need to be sold.

Collins, Jones, Perkins and Reader have all been ordered to pay an amount including £6,447,079.50 – plus extra sums dependent on their personal circumstances. If Collins, Jones, Perkins or Reader pay the £6,446,079.50 it will be treated as a payment to each co-defendant’s confiscation order.

Nick Price, from the CPS, said: “These defendants were involved in one of the most notorious burglaries of recent times and much of the property that was stolen has not been returned to its owners. Some defendants will have to return the money to their victims as compensation.

“If further funds or assets of the defendants become available, the CPS will ask the court to increase these confiscation orders until the full benefit figure has been paid. The group’s default sentences will meant that if the defendants do not pay their confiscation orders, they will have extra time added to their prison terms.”

Notes to editors

  • Nick Price is Head of the Proceeds of Crime team at the CPS.
  • Confiscation orders have previously been made in this case against Terri Robinson (benefit £13,302.62, available amount £139.54), Bren Walters (benefit £1,000.00, available amount £1) and Carl Wood (benefit £50,500.00, confiscation order £50,500.00)
  • If these confiscation orders are paid in full, a total of £11,933,574.89 will have been paid or restored - £8,197,089.81 from today’s orders, £3,635,204 of property that has already been seized and returned to victims of the burglary, and £50,640.54 from previous confiscation orders.
  • Lincoln’s benefit figure is based upon him having obtained property worth £36,588 from the Hatton Garden burglary with an additional benefit of £26,898 based upon his other general criminal conduct.
  • The benefit figure for Doyle is based only upon findings of other general criminal conduct.  Doyle was convicted of money laundering in that he provided safe access to a yard where stolen property from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit burglary could be transferred, but Doyle did not obtain anything himself from the Hatton Garden burglary.
  • The available amount for Collins, Jones, Perkins and Reader is based upon them jointly still having available to them £6,447,079.50 of property derived (directly or indirectly) from the Hatton Garden burglary.  In addition, all these defendants have personally owned assets that are also available to them, which is why their available amounts exceed the £6,447,079.50 figure.
  • If Collins, Jones, Perkins or Reader pay the £6,446,079.50 it will be treated as a payment to each co-defendant’s confiscation order, hence why the amount to pay back is £8.2m, not £27.5m.
     

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