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'Naive' criminal jailed for part in robbery of Windsor jewellers

'Naive' criminal jailed for part in robbery of Windsor jewellers

Philip Dewey

'Naive' criminal jailed for part in robbery of Windsor jewellers
Andre Murrian was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

A 'naive' criminal has been jailed for six years for his part in the armed robbery of £175,000-worth of watches from a jewellers in Windsor.

Andre Murrian was sentenced at Kingston Crown Court on Monday after pleading guilty to conspiracy to rob in September.

The 20-year-old was involved in an armed robbery at Robert Gatward Jewellers, in King Edward Court shopping centre, on April 12, 2013.

The court heard how four men wearing black burkas used sledge hammers to smash the shop's windows while shoppers were still in the store, and stole 19 Rolex watches worth £175,000.

After the robbery, one of the robbers brandished an axe and waved it above his head, telling witnesses to 'stop looking' at him, before the group drove off.

£41,000-worth of damage was caused to the jewellers.

Speaking at the hearing, defence counsel Jacqueline Vallejo said Murrian, of Holmleigh Road Estate, Stamford Hill, east London, had not been one of the four men to carry out the robbery, but had made sure the getaway car was safe.

She added Murrian had been 'naive' and the recent birth of his daughter had been a 'wake up call'.

Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Jones said: "You took part in this conspiracy to rob, and it was a well orchestrated and well planned robbery.

"I previously deferred sentencing so you could attend the birth of your child. You will not see that child as much as you would have done but I hope when released you will put these matters behind you to become a law abiding citizen."

Murrian received a six-year sentence, which will start at a Young Offenders Institution until he turns 21.

Ritchie Graham, 24, of Southgate Road, Islington, was jailed for 15 years in August for his part in the raid, along with a robbery at Selfridges in June last year.

Sam Curtin, 20, of Wheelwright Street, Islington, was jailed for eight years in August after pleading guilty in January to conspiracy to rob the Windsor jewellers.

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