Three jailed for gunpoint robbery of Stepney Green money transfer agency
PUBLISHED: 11:33 30 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:33 30 July 2013
Three men involved in the shooting of a staff member during the robbery of a money transfer company have been jailed for a total of more than 23 years.
Shofu Meah, Roger Fuller and Stavros Sammoutis were found guilty last week of holding up Iqra Money Transfer Company in Stepney Green.
The group shot a staff member, leaving him seriously injured, and assaulted two other members of staff as they transferred money from the business to a vehicle.
The robbers fled the scene, in White Horse Lane, with £60,000 cash in September last year.
Meah, of Colmar Close, Stepney Green, carried out the robbery with two accomplices from north London.
Det Sgt Holly Simon of the Metropolitan Police said: “This was a terrifying attack carried out in broad daylight by violent criminals who disregarded the safety of all those around them in pursuit of financial gain.”
Meah, 23, was jailed for eight years after being found guilty of robbery. Fuller, 37, and Sammoutis, 22, were found guilty of GBH with intent, robbery and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence. Fuller was jailed for 18 months and Sammoutis was caged for 14 years.
The men were identified from CCTV footage and mobile phone data.
The group’s getaway driver, Matthew Yanez, pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing and went on to provide “crucial evidence” to police and prosecutors.
The three men were found guilty at the Old Bailey on Thursday before being sentenced on Friday.