Graff store manager accused of inside job

Trial twist as defence accuses Martin Leggatt of assisting robbers.

Graff store manager Martin Leggatt has been accused of helping aid the robbers in the raid on the diamond jeweller’s store in August.

Courtney Griffiths, defending, said plainly to the court that he believed the robbery was an inside job and that Leggatt was behind it. “I don’t want there to be any illusion between us, I’m going to suggest that the robbery in August last year was an inside job and you were involved in it,” he said.

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Leggatt denied the claims."I would be absolutely and genuinely and completely fascinated to hear your evidence on that," he retorted during the trial at Woolwich Crown Court in London.

Griffiths attempted to provoke Leggatt, describing Graff Diamonds chairman Laurence Graff as ruthless with a big ego. Leggatt failed to be riled by this and described his boss as “utterly charming, totally modest and impeccably behaved”.

During an earlier court session, the jury heard how Leggatt was forced to lie on the floor as shop assistant Petra Ehnar was forced at gunpoint to fill a black plastic bag with Graff jewels.



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