Man guilty of UKs biggest jewellery robbery

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Woolwich Crown Court issues guilty verdict for £40m jewellery theft.

A man has been convicted for taking part in a £40 million robbery at Graff Diamonds in Mayfair.

Aman Kassaye, 25, was found guilty by Woolwich Crown Court of kidnapping, conspiracy to rob and possession of a fire arm.

The infamous raid took place in August 2009. The gang entered Graff’s New Bond Street store wearing latex masks and forced a female employee to fill a bag with 43 pieces of jewellery, with an estimate worth of £40 million. They then escaped using a series of getaway cars and motorcycles, firing two gunshots as they fled.

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At a previous court session, the jury heard how Leggatt was forced to lie on the floor as shop assistant Ehnar was forced to fill the black plastic bag with Graff jewels, including a necklace worth £3.5 million. The raiders then marched her outside the store with a gun pointed at her back.

"This worried me because I could still feel the gun being pushed into my back… I felt the men would shoot, I really did,” Ehnar said.

"The next thing I heard was the gun being fired and the noise was so loud… I realised I wasn’t shot because I was still in one piece."

The stolen goods from the jewellery heist, the biggest in UK history, have yet to be recovered.

Two other defendants were cleared in May, due to insufficient evidence, but a further six remain on trial.
 

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