04:00PM, Monday 15 September 2014
A guilty plea has been made by a man who will be sentenced for his involvement in the armed robbery of a Windsor jewellers.
Andre Murrian, 20, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob Robert Gatward Jewellers at Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court today.
The raid of the King Edward Court jewellers took place on April 12, 2013, where four men wearing black burkas and armed with sledgehammers and axes grabbed a large number of Rolex watches.
Murrian, of Holmleigh Road Estate, Stamford Hill, east London, was due to stand trial but changed his plea to guilty on the first day.
Speaking at the hearing, defence counsel Jacqueline Vallejo said Murrian's partner was heavily pregnant and was due to give birth on September 24 and asked for sentencing to be adjourned.
She said: "My client would like to be present at the birth as he is been supporting his partner all the way through the pregnancy.
"I'd like to ask for an adjournment for a pre-sentence report and so he can be there during the birth."
His Honour Judge Jones said a pre-sentence report would not 'assist' him in sentencing but agreed to adjourn sentencing.
He said: "I am sympathetic towards the fact that the child is imminent and it is for that reason only I adjourn the sentencing.
"However, I must warn you that an immediate and substantial custodial sentence is inevitable but I will keep an open mind until I have heard from your lawyers."
Murrian will be sentenced at the same court on Monday, October 20.
Ritchie Graham, 24, of Southgate Road, Islington, was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in August for his part in the raid, along with a robbery at Selfridges in June, 2013.
Sam Curtin, 20, of Wheelwright Street, Islington, was sentenced to eight years imprisonment in August, after pleading guilty in January to conspiracy to rob the Windsor jewellers.
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