Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]40m Graff Jewels Raid Ringleader Is Jailed for 23 Years

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]40m Graff Jewels Raid Ringleader Is Jailed for 23 Years

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Byline: Paul Cheston Courts Correspondent

THE ringleader of the [pounds sterling]40 million Graff jewellery robbery in Mayfair was jailed for 23 years today.

Aman Kassaye, 25, was told he had inflicted "life-long trauma" on the store staff -- especially shop assistant Petra Ehnar, who he had taken hostage.

Kassaye dragged her at gunpoint into the street on his way to a getaway car and also fired four shots at a security guard and members of the public.

Three other gang members, Clinton Mogg, 43, Thomas Thomas, 46, and Soloman Beyene, 25, were jailed for 16 years each. They had all been convicted at Woolwich crown court of conspiracy to rob in August last year.

Kassaye was also found guilty of firearms offences and kidnapping. Judge Jeffrey Pegden told him: "At the time you succeeded in getting the jewellery and it has never been recovered but it's the terror and the trauma the staff were put through and other members of the public that lie at the heart of this case." In two minutes Kassaye and another robber stripped the New Bond Street store of 43 pieces of jewellery, including a [pounds sterling]3.5million multi-coloured diamond necklace, in Britain's biggest gems raid. …

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