Ethiopian Man found Guilty for Britain Biggest Robbery of Jewelery Store (VIDEO)

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Aman Kassaye, 24, was found guilty at Woolwich Crown Court of the “high stakes” raid at Graff Diamonds in Mayfair last Summer.

The gems taken in the robbery have never been recovered.

Kassaye, of no fixed address, was convicted of kidnap, conspiracy to rob and possessing a firearm. He was acquitted of a further gun possession charge, the Press Association reported.

The jury is still deliberating on six co-defendants, who all deny charges relating to the robbery.

Along with an accomplice, Kassaye walked into the jewellers, threatened staff with handguns and briefly took a female member of staff hostage. No one was injured in the raid.

CCTV footage of the robbers wearing stage make-up as they entered the store in New Bond Street

CCTV footage of the robbers wearing stage make-up as they entered the store in New Bond Street

The smartly dressed pair took 43 items — rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches — and fired a shot as they left. One diamond necklace alone was valued at 3.5 million pounds.

The shop assistant held at gunpoint during the raid later identified him.

The incident was captured on the shop’s CCTV system and the dramatic footage was played to the jury.

Kassaye used a professional make-up artist to disguise his appearance the court was told. His defence rested on his assertion that the raid was carried out “by someone remarkably like him.”

Detectives said the robbers made their getaway in a blue BMW which they abandoned a few streets away when a second shot was fired into the ground.

The court heard that while the robbery was going on, a manager at the store was forced to lie spread-eagled on the floor with a gun pointed at his head.

In 2003, an international gang of robbers carried out a 23 million pound armed raid at Graff’s.

Two members of an Eastern European crime syndicate were later jailed for 20 years for their role in the raid.


Source: Reuters

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vahak sakadjian June 29, 2010 - 6:24 am

As people of Ethiopia , We are seeing and hearing very rare and unusal things in these days , commited by our people in foriegn Country.
I personally feel so sory for the victims .Very much.

vahak sakadjian June 29, 2010 - 6:33 am

As People of Ethiopa, We are seeing and hearing , the very rare and unsual bad Things (stories) commited by some of our idiots in foriegn Countries. And this is very new to Us too. I personally Feel deeply sorry for the victims . We Ethiopians Grew up to respect and to be honest to everyone in this world. but unfortunatly…. I have no words

Danni June 29, 2010 - 11:34 am

Damn I like This guy if he did it.


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