East End footballer Kamara admits faking robbery with dad
PUBLISHED: 08:01 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 14:43 05 October 2010
FOOTBALLER Alfred Kamara who won East London’s player of the season’ turned to crime when his career was stubbed by a foot injury. The 24-year-old midfielder who took Bethnal Green United to victory two weeks ago faked a safe raid and trussed up and gagged has own dad
FOOTBALLER Alfred Kamara who won East London Advertiser’s player of the season’ turned to crime when his career was stubbed by a foot injury.
The 24-year-old midfielder who took Bethnal Green United to victory in the Essex Senior League against Hullbridge two weeks ago faked a safe raid and trussed up and gagged has own dad with tape.
They emptied the safe at the railway station where his dad worked and split the £9,000 between them.
But Alfred left his DNA at the scene with a bite mark in the tape he used to tie his dad up to make it look like a real robbery.
He and his 57-year-old father Moses Kamara admitted conspiracy to steal.
Moses blamed his son for involving him in the scam on January 26.
But the judge at Southwark crown court said he didn’t believe “a single word of it” and jailed Moses for 18 months, while Alfred walked free with 200 hours’ community service.
“I’m glad the truth came out,” the soccer star said outside court.
“It was the worst experience of my life. I’m not a bad person—I just made a wrong decision.”
Alfred, who lives in Bethnal Green, currently plays midfielder semi-professionally for Bethnal Green United.
He was a youth player for Arsenal and England who stopped playing professionally after breaking his foot twice, but is now fit and “looking to go to the next level.”
He won the Advertiser Player of the Season’ last year.
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