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BREAKING NEWS: Three found guilty of Hatton Garden heist

A jury has found three men guilty of involvement in the “largest burglary in English legal history” in Hatton Garden, according to emerging reports. 

Of the four men being investigated by the jury, three have been convicted for their involvement in the raid at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in 2015. 

The trial for the four men started in November 2015 at Woolwich Crown Court. They include Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire; William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green, east London; and Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex.

A fourth man, Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield, north London, is jointly charged with them for conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property between 1 January and 19 May 2015.

Harbinson was the only one of the four found not guilty of involvement in the Easter weekend heist. He has been set free after eight months in prison. Wood and Lincoln will be sentenced on 7 March, while the sentencing of Hugh Doyle will take place at a later date.

Hatton Garden inside vault

Hatton Garden inside vault

Doyle also faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property between 1 April and 19 May 2015.

A different four men - said to be the ringleaders in the crime - pleaded guilty and will be sentenced at a later date. 

The oldest man in the case, Brian Reader, 76, (included in those who pled guilty) was also convicted over the £26 million Brink’s Mat gold bullion armed robbery in 1983. A career criminal, Reader’s past history could not be reported until the case against the four men was concluded - he was also charged with murdering a police surveilance officer in January 1985. 

More than £14 million worth of gold, gemstones and finished jewellery was stolen during the raid, and around £9 million is still said to be missing. 

Early speculation suggests the men convicted will get around six years in prison for the crime, while those who pled guilty could be imprisoned for four years. 

 

 

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