Rob­ber drove on pave­ment to skip ar­rest

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Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News -

AN ES­CAPED con­vict who got away from po­lice in a high speed car chase has fi­nally been sent back to jail af­ter be­ing found hid­ing in a cup­board.

Sean Ma­her, 26, orig­i­nally from Bat­tersea, broke out of pri­son half­way through a 12-year sen­tence in Oc­to­ber 2017 and com­mit­ted a se­ries of knife­point rob­beries in nine months, often helped by co-de­fen­dant Jay Jay Man­ley, 26, of Austin Road, in Bat­tersea.

The pair pleaded guilty to forc­ing mul­ti­ple vic­tims around Chelsea to hand over their ex­pen­sive watches and were sen­tenced to a to­tal of 15 years in jail at South­wark Crown Court on Mon­day Novem­ber 5.

Ma­her was spot­ted by po­lice in Toot­ing on June 29 a few days be­fore his ar­rest but man­aged to evade them dur­ing a high speed car chase af­ter mount­ing the pave­ment and crash­ing through bins, nar­rowly miss­ing bin men.

Po­lice were forced to end their pur­suit of Ma­her to avoid en­dan­ger­ing the pub­lic

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble Tony Hol­ley said: “I am pleased that jus­tice has pre­vailed and th­ese men have now fi­nally re­ceived pun­ish­ments for their ab­hor­rent acts.

“Th­ese two men em­barked on a crime spree of shock­ing pro­por­tions. They iden­ti­fied and tar­geted vic­tims who were all vul­ner­a­ble and preyed fur­ther on their vul­ner­a­bil­ity, us­ing knives to cause even more fear, just so they could steal what was not theirs to take.

“I hope that with this sen­tence the vic­tims can now look at try­ing to move on with their lives, which have been vastly af­fected by this in­ci­dent.

“The enor­mity of the im­pact th­ese men have caused can­not be un­der­rated and I am pleased they are be­hind bars and no longer pose a threat to the pub­lic.”

Op­er­at­ing in and around Chelsea , the pair ap­proached lone vic­tims or sep­a­rated vic­tims from each other be­fore they threat­ened them with a knife and forced them to hand over ex­pen­sive watches and jew­ellery.

They often fled the scene in a stolen Nis­san Qashqai with false plates or a stolen Land Rover.

On June 29, of­fi­cers about to en­ter a Toot­ing ad­dress on Seely Road spot­ted Ma­her jump into a car and speed down the pave­ment be­fore re­join­ing the road.

Po­lice fol­lowed un­til Ma­her came up against a refuse truck block­ing the road, at which point he mounted the pave­ment and drove around the block­age, crash­ing through bins and nar­row­ing miss­ing bin men.

No one was in­jured but the of­fi­cers ended the chase to avoid en­dan­ger­ing the pub­lic.

DC Hol­ley added: “I was present when Sean Ma­her drove off from po­lice on June 29 and in my time as a po­lice of­fi­cer, I do not think I have seen much more dan­ger­ous be­hav­iour than his that day.

“At 7.30am whilst mem­bers of the pub­lic in­clud­ing chil­dren on their way to school, us­ing the very pave­ments he drove along to evade cap­ture, any­one unlucky enough to have been in his way would have been sim­ply mown down.

“The sheer level of dan­ger­ous­ness to the pub­lic that th­ese men posed can­not be un­der­es­ti­mated and it was for­tu­nate that all the vic­tims suc­cumbed to their de­mands as I shud­der to think what lengths they would have gone to in or­der to achieve their aim.

“In Ma­her’s case, it is only ag­gra­vated by the fact that he should have still been in pri­son at the time for pre­vi­ous vi­o­lent of­fend­ing and fur­ther ag­gra­vated by the fact that they were us­ing stolen, dis­guised, unin­sured and un­li­censed ve­hi­cles to fa­cil­i­tate their get­ting around.

“I have spo­ken to the vic­tims in this case and they suf­fered vary­ing lev­els of trauma from th­ese rob­beries – one of the male vic­tims was vis­i­bly shak­ing when he viewed a pic­ture of Ma­her three months af­ter the rob­bery.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into th­ese of­fences, in­clud­ing the man­hunt for Ma­her, was chal­leng­ing and com­plex. It is in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing to have taken th­ese men off the streets.”

Ma­her was ar­rested and charged with a long list of of­fences on July 2, a few days af­ter the car chase, when of­fi­cers forced en­try into a Macey House flat and found him hid­ing in a cup­board.

A fur­ther search of the prop­erty dis­cov­ered ev­i­dence link­ing him to some of the rob­beries.

En­quiries into the rob­beries con­tin­ued and on July 17, the sec­ond sus­pect, Man­ley, was ar­rested and charged a day later with three of the rob­beries and pos­ses­sion of of­fen­sive weapons.

Ma­her and Man­ley both ap­peared at West­min­ster Mag­is­trates’ Court and were re­manded into pri­son cus­tody un­til Au­gust 15.

Since first be­ing charged, they were both im­pli­cated in fur­ther rob­beries in­volv­ing knives.

Ma­her also pleaded guilty to han­dling stolen goods, dan­ger­ous driv­ing and es­cape from law­ful cus­tody.

Ma­her was sen­tenced to 10 years and Man­ley to five years in jail.

IM­AGES: METROPOLI­TAN PO­LICE

Sean Ma­her was on the run from po­lice hav­ing es­caped pri­son when he was ar­rested for the rob­beries

Jay Jay Man­ley, ac­com­plice to Ma­her, has also been jailed

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