Two more found guilty over €48m jewellery heist

TWO more men were found guilty of taking part in Britain’s biggest jewellery robbery.

Solomun Beyene, 25, of Marylebone, north-west London, and Clinton Mogg, 43, of Bournemouth, were found guilty of conspiracy to rob by a jury at Woolwich Crown Court.

A total of four men have been convicted for their roles in the heist at Graff Diamonds in Mayfair, central London, last summer, in which £40 million (€47.9m) of gems were stolen at gunpoint.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on Craig Calderwood, 27, and there may be a retrial.

Calderwood, of no fixed address, had been accused of planning and executing the heist alongside Aman Kassaye, 25, who was earlier convicted of kidnap and possessing a firearm to rob. Kassaye used a professional make-up artist to disguise his appearance and a series of getaway cars to escape after the robbery last summer, the court heard.

The gems taken have never been recovered.

Beyene’s role was to buy so-called dirty telephones and hire a van to use as a blocking vehicle, while Mogg provided the London address used by the innocent make-up artist.

Calderwood, who had denied conspiracy to rob and possession of a handgun and sawn-off shotgun, was discharged.

The fourth man who was found guilty of conspiracy to rob was Thomas Thomas, 46, of Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames.

He had used blocking vehicles after the heist, the jury was told.

Courtney Lawrence and David Joseph were found not guilty last week.

The raiders shot at anyone who got in their way, Woolwich Crown Court was told.


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