Four men have been jailed for a combined total of 65 years after being found guilty of violently robbing a Le Vian jewellery salesman.
Joseph Savoie was set upon by the gang in the car park of the Elmsleigh Centre in Staines on May 13, 2019, where he was unloading his car to go display the Le Vian range at the local Ernest Jones store.
The salesman suffered injuries to his right eye, wrist and arm after being attacked as he was opening the boot of his car to remove a suitcase full of the jewellery.
He was hit in the face and knocked to the ground before being repeatedly punched and kicked. His watch was ripped off, fracturing his wrist and lower arm in the process.
He managed to run for help but by the time he returned, the suitcase and £4.1 million worth of Le Vian jewellery was gone.
Describing the attack in court, the victim told the court that the physical and psychological effects he had suffered would “remain with him throughout the rest of his life”.
Local press, Surrey Live, reports him saying: “I was left black and blue all over from the amount of punches and kicks I received. There was no need for these men to have injured me the way they did. I would have handed over what they were demanding without the need for violence.
“I also lost most of my possessions, including my clothes, phone, wallet, ID and passport, and was left stranded in a foreign country with nothing. Now I feel really vulnerable when I travel to the UK.”
Lee Jason Gardner, 48, from Tottenham, Camilo Carvajal, 39, from Lewisham, Ciro Troyano, 40, from Elephant and Castle, and Oscar Hicks, 37, from Southwark, have all been convicted of conspiracy to rob after a trial at Kingston Crown Court.
Gardner was sentenced to 18 years in prison, while Carvajal received 17 years behind bars. Troyano was imprisoned for 16 years, and Hicks was jailed for 14 years.
It is believed the gang knew the salesman would be in town because the jeweller had advertised his arrival online. Read about it HERE.
Detective Sergeant Kate Hyder, who investigated the case, added: “This was a brutal and deliberately targeted attack, reflected in the lengthy sentences handed out to all four men today, who all played their part in pulling off this professionally planned robbery.
“Unfortunately, the violence they inflicted on the victim left him extremely traumatised and has had a massive impact on his life. I hope that the fact that these men are now behind bars will provide him with some form of closure and help him move on with his life.”