Jailed for theft of treasures of child killed in accident
Robber gets 17 years – parents plead for return of jewellery
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