Accused says he carried out raid under threat to his life.
One of the men accused of robbing Graff’s New Bond Street store in August last year wrote a letter of apology to the court.
The letter was found in the cell of defendant Craig Calderwood during a routine cell inspection last year, and prosecutor Philip Bennetts told Woolwich Crown Court that Calderwood took part in the raid because he was “in fear for his life”.
Calderwood claims that he was threatened that if he did not take part in the raid on Graff that the lives of him and his family would be in danger.
Bennetts read out the letter in full to the court. In the letter Calderwood said: “’I’m truly sorry for the crime I committed. The man you are going to see in the video, that’s not me. I’m not that person. ‘I dug a hole, a great big hole, for myself in life and now by admitting my guilt I’m now filling it in with me in it.’
Calderwood denies conspiracy to rob and possession of a handgun and sawn-off shotgun.