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