Jailed for theft of trea­sures of child killed in ac­ci­dent

Rob­ber gets 17 years – par­ents plead for re­turn of jew­ellery

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Zoe Drewett zoe.drewett@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A PRO­LIFIC rob­ber from Hayes is one of three men jailed for crimes that in­clude steal­ing jew­ellery be­long­ing to an 11-yearold boy killed in a road ac­ci­dent in 2008.

Jonathan Whit­ton, 38, of Drenon Square, was jailed for 17 years for five counts of rob­bery and three counts of pos­ses­sion of a firearm and am­mu­ni­tion at Kingston Crown Court on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 31.

He was sentenced along­side London men Hugh Atkins, 32, jailed for eight-and-a-half years for one count of rob­bery and Leon Simp­son, 40, jailed for 10 years for one count of at­tempted rob­bery and one count of rob­bery.

De­tec­tives from the Met’s Fly­ing Squad with Thames Val­ley Po­lice launched in­tel­li­gence led ‘Op­er­a­tion Sekani’ after a se­ries of rob­beries and at­tempted rob­beries across London and the Thames Val­ley.

This in­cluded at a bank in East Av­enue, Hayes, where jew­ellery be­long­ing to young Ni­vakar Arun­thavalingam was stolen.

It had been stored in a safety de­posit box which was be­ing de­liv­ered to the bank on Novem­ber 8, 2013, when a rob­ber snatched it.

Ni­vakar died of head in­juries after be­ing hit by a car as he and his older brother, Mhaven­than, were on their way to Uxbridge High School in The Green­way in March 2008.

As well as jew­ellery, the box con­tained keep­sakes such as a sym­pa­thy card and was worth around £30,000.

After the rob­bery last year, Ni­vakar’s mother Amirthaluxmy told the Gazette: “His things re­mind me of him, and I want to trea­sure them un­til my death.

“We think about him all the time, and it has been very dif­fi­cult for us to for­get.”

De­tec­tive Sergeant Hy­wel Davies, from the Fly­ing Squad, said: “I am pleased with the sen­tences that have been handed down, three very dan­ger­ous men will now serve lengthy pe­ri­ods be­hind bars.

“A num­ber of

staff mem­bers have been left shocked and trau­ma­tised and I hope they are now able to achieve some sense of clo­sure.

“With the ex­cep­tion of one pen­dant, the jew­ellery owned by the Arun­thavalingam’s has never been re­cov­ered and the fam­ily are des­per­ate to trace th­ese items.”

He asked any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice.

The men were also jailed for rob­beries in Novem­ber 2007 in Ox­ford where £66,000 was taken by Whit­ton, an at­tempted rob­bery in May 2013 of a cash­box con­tain­ing £24,000 in Streatham and in July a rob­bery at the same petrol sta­tion, steal­ing a cash­box with £29,000.

In De­cem­ber, 2013, staff at a bank in Sto­kenchurch were made to hand over £190,000.

n TRAGIC: Pon­nam­palam and Amirthaluxmy Arun­thavalingam with a pic­ture of their son, Ni­vakar

n DAN­GER­OUS: Jonathan Whit­ton

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