Hat­ton Gar­den sus­pect ‘fin­gered by his walk’ COURT TOLD GAIT CON­SIS­TENT WITH MYS­TERY MAN

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THE fi­nal Hat­ton Gar­den heist sus­pect, dubbed “Basil”, was linked to the raid by the way he walks, a court heard.

Michael Seed, 58, is said to have dis­abled the safe de­posit firm’s alarm sys­tem, al­low­ing his ac­com­plices to drill through the vault wall over the 2015 Easter bank hol­i­day week­end.

He and Danny Jones, 63, then slipped through the 10-inch by 18-inch hole to loot an es­ti­mated £13.7mil­lion of gold, cash and gems from 73 boxes, it is claimed.

CCTV cam­eras caught “Basil” wear­ing a blue boiler suit, white gloves, car­ry­ing a black bin­bag and dis­guised with a wig and face­mask as he walked in through the main door of 88-90 Hat­ton Gar­den.

Wool­wich Crown Court heard Seed was watched by po­lice as he twice met ac­com­plice John “Kenny” Collins, 78, in Shored­itch Park, Is­ling­ton, north Lon­don as Scot­land Yard’s Fly­ing Squad iden­ti­fied sus­pects in the wake of the raid.

Prose­cu­tor Philip Evans told ju­rors they will hear about Seed’s “gait” or “the way he walks” adding there is a “con­sis­tency be­tween Mr Seed’s phys­i­cal ap­pear­ance and gait and that of “Basil” in CCTV footage from the bur­glary”.

Out­lin­ing the case against the de­fen­dant, Mr Evans also pointed to covert record­ings of the other bur­glars talk­ing about “Basil”, along with spe­cial­ist tech­ni­cal equip­ment and goods stolen from Hat­ton Gar­den found in Seed’s home.

Seed de­nies two charges of con­spir­acy to com­mit bur­glary and one charge of con­spir­acy to con­vert or trans­fer crim­i­nal prop­erty.

The case con­tin­ues

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