Robber who fled to Germany after targeting man in Wembley is sent to jail

Phuvahaan Anantharajah has been jailed for eight years

Phuvahaan Anantharajah has been jailed for eight years - Credit: Archant

Phuvahaan Anantharajah was extradited by Brent Police

A robber who fled to Germany to escape justice has been extradited and jailed for targeting a man in Wembley.

Phuvahaan Anantharajah and three other men, who have yet to be caught, robbed their victim on the street before frogmarching him to his own home where they stole from him again.

Harrow Crown Court heard the 24-year-old was walking in Eagle Road in December 2011, when he was held up a gunpoint and forced to hand over his bank cards and PIN number.

Two of the robbers stayed with him aand the other two went to an ATM machine and tried to withdraw money out of his account.

When they discovered the victim’s account was empty they forced him to go home using the address shown on his drivers licence.

They ransacked his house stealing some of his possessions before fleeing.

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Anantharajah was identified by detectives but had fled to Germany where he was traced and extradited back to the UK in September last year.

He was arrested and charged with robbery, aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Last week, he admitted robbery and aggravated burglary and was jailed for eight years.

The firearm offence will stay on file.

Detective Constable Paul Sumner, from Brent Police said: “This man thought he could evade justice by travelling to and hiding in Germany. However the Metropolitan Police is willing to pursue criminals with a view to prosecuting them for the offences they have committed in London.

“I am pleased with the decision of the judge in relation to the sentence passed which will help safeguard the public”.

The hunt is still on to find Anantharajah’s accomplices.

Anyone with information can call DC Sumner on 020 8733 3250 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111