Gang jailed: Crooks used handgun, hammer and samurai sword to rob Brent Ladbrokes and bookies across London
PUBLISHED: 17:41 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 17:53 29 October 2018
A gang of six people who terrorised staff at a Brent bookies have been jailed for more than 44 years.
The crooks carried out a series of robberies and attempted robberies at 10 Ladbrokes stores in London and Hertfordshire between May 1, 2016 and January 23, 2017.
They lured staff from behind their secure counters before wielding weapons, such as a handgun, hammer and samurai sword, and demanding cash.
The gang stole £20,000 in total.
And in one robbery, a gang member pistol whipped an employee at a Ladbrokes in Brent on December 3, 2016.
Detective Inspector Scott Hartley, of the Met’s Flying Squad, said: “This gang was responsible for a series of frightening armed robberies in which violence and intimidation was used against employees in the bookmakers.
“The crimes were premeditated and the gang members worked as a team to carry out the offences.
“This case shows that anyone found to be involved in the commission of armed robbery offences will be arrested and likely to be given a significant jail sentence.”
Demetri Fairweather, 22, of Hatton Road, Wembley, was found guilty of conspiracy to rob after a trial and was sentenced to seven years imprisonment at Isleworth Crown Court today.
Jordan Reid, 23, of Alder Grove, Brent, was sentenced to 11 years imprisonment. Reid was sentenced to a further 12 months in jail, to be served consecutively, after he admitted breaching a suspended sentence order.
Yaanan Reid, 19, of Alder Grove, Brent, was sentenced to eight years and three months.
Johnson Konan, 22, of Church Road, Brent, was sentenced to nine years imprisonment. He was sentenced to a further 12 months in jail, to be served consecutively, after he admitted breaching a suspended sentence order.
Shannon Roberts, 21, of Downland Street, Queen’s Park, was sentenced to six years imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and was found guilty after trial of conspiracy to possess an imitation firearm.
Diana Holder, 22, of Hanover Circle, Hayes, was sentenced to three years imprisonment after she pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob. She was found not guilty of conspiracy to possess an imitation firearm.