Spurned Rus­sian mis­tress mas­ter­minded terrifying rob­bery at ex-lover’s home

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By KATHER­INE BAIN­BRIDGE kather­ine.bain­bridge@men­media.co.uk @KBain­bridgeMEN

A MOTHER was tied up and blind­folded with her daugh­ter in a £100,000 rob­bery mas­ter­minded by her husband’s ex-mis­tress.

Priya McKen­rick and her daugh­ter Scar­lett, who was 17 at the time, were sub­jected to a four-hour or­deal at their home in Alderley Edge in Oc­to­ber last year.

Three men broke into the house while they were watch­ing The Ap­pren­tice, bound them with ca­ble ties, put blacked-out gog­gles over their eyes and ear de­fend­ers over their ears, threat­ened them and dragged them around, Crown Court heard.

The robbers even­tu­ally left with around £100,000 worth of elec­tri­cal goods, jew­ellery, de­signer clothes, shoes and jew­els.

Pros­e­cu­tor Andrew Ford told the court that the men had been hired to carry out the rob­bery by Rus­sian busi­ness­woman Karine Sol­loway, who had had a five-year af­fair with Priya’s husband, Robert McKen­rick.

Sol­loway, 58, of Park Mews Cres­cent West in London, de­nied the charge, claim­ing she had hired the men to do sur­veil­lance and they had car­ried out the rob­bery with­out her knowl­edge, but a jury found her guilty of con­spir­acy to rob. Ch­ester

The court heard that, dur­ing their af­fair, Sol­loway had loaned Mr McKen­rick a ‘sub­stan­tial’ sum of money – any­where up to around £850,000 – af­ter an is­sue with one of his ‘busi­ness in­ter­ests’ in Africa re­sulted in his as­sets be­ing frozen world­wide and sig­nif­i­cant le­gal costs. Mr McKen­rick ended their af­fair in 2013, af­ter which Sol­loway be­came ‘ob­sessed’ with get­ting her money back, Mr Ford said.

“It was bit­ter,” he added. “She says he promised her chil­dren, and that he would leave his wife for her.”

In Septem­ber last year, Sol­loway hired an ex-soldier, who she had met ‘by chance’ through mu­tual ac­quain­tances, to carry out the rob­bery at Mr McKen­rick’s house and he hired two other men as ‘mus­cle.’

The ex-soldier and one other man pleaded guilty in an ear­lier hear­ing to con­spir­acy to rob, and were re­manded in cus­tody.

The third man, Kimp­ton Ma­tivenga, 31, of Tan­ners Close in St Al­bans, pleaded not guilty and went on trial along­side Sol­loway.

His de­fence was that, while he was in the house as the rob­bery took place, he did not know what was go­ing to hap­pen un­til they got there, and did not ‘take part’ while it was go­ing on.

When asked why he didn’t leave the house or call the po­lice, he said the ex-soldier – who he had been friends with since 2010 – had threat­ened him and his fam­ily and he was afraid. “These peo­ple are mil­i­tary­trained,” he said. “I was in fear for my life.”

How­ever, the jury re­jected his de­fence and found him guilty of con­spir­acy to rob.

Sol­loway was in Moscow at the time of the in­ci­dent, but the jury were shown tran­scripts of mes­sages be­tween her and the ex-soldier in the days fol­low­ing the rob­bery, where they dis­cussed the val­u­a­tion and sale of jew­ellery.

Some of the stolen jew­ellery was later re­cov­ered by the po­lice from a jew­ellers in London.

At one point Sol­loway sent the

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