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Thursday 17 August 2017

Dubliner in €18m Hatton Garden raid goes free as rest of gang jailed

(Clockwise from top left) John Collins, Daniel Jones, Terry Perkins, Hugh Doyle, William Lincoln and Carl Wood (PA)
(Clockwise from top left) John Collins, Daniel Jones, Terry Perkins, Hugh Doyle, William Lincoln and Carl Wood (PA)

Five men involved in the £14m (€18m) Hatton Garden jewellery raid have been jailed for up to seven years, while a sixth was given a suspended sentence.

Irishman Hugh Doyle (49) – of Riverside Gardens, Enfield, but originally from Dublin – was jailed for 21 months, suspended for two years, for his part in the theft.

The gang, with a combined age of 448, carried out the “sophisticated” and meticulously planned break-in over  the Easter weekend last year.

Less than a year after the audacious raid, six of the seven men convicted in connection with the burglary were sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court yesterday.

Ringleaders John ‘Kenny’ Collins (75), from Islington, north London; Daniel Jones (61), from Enfield, north London; Terry Perkins (67), also from Enfield, and the group’s oldest member, Brian Reader (77) from Dartford, Kent, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary last September.

Collins, Jones and Perkins were each given a seven-year prison term.

Patting

Jones and Perkins said “thank you” to the judge as they sat down, with other members of the group reassuringly patting one another on the back.

Carl Wood (59), from Hertfordshire, and William Lincoln (60), from Bethnal Green, east London, were found guilty of the same offence and one count of conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property, after trial. Lincoln was given a seven-year sentence, and Wood six years.

Irishman Hugh Doyle, who is a plumber, was found guilty of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between January 1 and May 19 last year, and received the 21-month suspended sentence.

A statement released on behalf of Doyle said he would appeal against his conviction.

As he left court, Doyle was asked how he got caught up in the conspiracy, and said: “I’ve known Ken (John Collins) for quite a few years, and it is literally ... just got sucked into it. It’s just one of those things.

Valuables worth up to £14m (€18m), including gold, diamonds and sapphires, were taken. Two-thirds of them remain unrecovered. The gang ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safety Deposit after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall.

Sentencing them, Judge Christopher Kinch QC, said: “The burglary of the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit vault in April 2015 has been labelled by many – including some defendants and advocates in this case – as the biggest burglary in English legal history.

Proof

“Whether that assertion is capable of proof, I do not know.

“However, it’s clear that the burglary at the heart of this case stands in a class of its own in the scale of the ambition, detail of the planning, level of preparation and the organisation of the team carrying it out, and in terms of the value.”

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