Hatton Garden raid ‘ringleader’ sentenced

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Brian Reader, 77, the eldest of the group of men who broke into and raided 73 safety deposit boxes over Easter last year, has been sentenced to just over six years in prison.

The other six members of the gang were sentenced earlier this month, but Reader, who has suffered multiple strokes, was deemed too unwell at that time.

Appearing at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday via videolink, he was sentenced to six years and three months.

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Reader, along with Daniel Jones, 61 and Terry Perkins, 67, of Enfield, and John “Kenny” Collins, 75,  of Islington admitted to conspiracy to burgle in September last year.  Collins, Jones, and Perkins were jailed for seven years each.

Carl Wood, 59, also present on the raid, denied involvement, however was convicted at trial of conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property. He received a six year sentence.

William Lincoln, 60, of Bethnal Green, pleaded not guilty but was convicted of the same charges, and was jailed for seven years.

Hugh Doyle, 49, from Enfield, north London, denied being involved but was found guilty of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property but was spared jail with a 21 month suspended sentence.

Outside of the main group, Perkins’ daughter Terri Robinson, 36, was handed an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, after admitting handling stolen goods. Brenn Walters, 44, also known as Ben Perkins, was given an 18-month sentence, suspended for two years, for storing some of the loot stolen by Perkins.

 

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