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Graff jewellery robbery trial jury retires

Items of jewellery stolen in the robbery
Image caption Staff were forced to hand over jewellery at gunpoint, the court heard

The jury in the trial of seven men accused of taking part in a £40m jewellery heist in central London has retired to consider its verdict.

The men deny conspiring to rob the Graff store in Mayfair on 6 August 2009.

Robbers using professional make-up to disguise themselves forced employees to hand over jewellery which has not been recovered, the jury heard.

The court was told a staff member was held hostage and bullets were fired.

The seven defendants, who all deny conspiracy to rob, are:

  • Aman Kassaye, 24, of no fixed address; Craig Calderwood, 27, of no fixed address
  • Solomun Beyene, 25, of Lilestone Street, Marylebone, north-west London
  • Clinton Jamal Mogg, 42, of Westby Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
  • Courtney Lawrence, 31, of Ladbroke Grove, west London
  • David Joseph, 23, of Flaxman Road, Loughborough Junction, south-east London
  • Thomas Thomas, 45, of Penrhyn Road, Kingston upon Thames, south-west London

Another two defendants, Benjamine McFarlane, 22, of Paveley Street, Marylebone, north-west London; and Gregory Jones, 30, of Elgin Avenue, Maida Vale, west London, were cleared in May after judge Jeffrey Pegden QC ruled they had no case to answer.

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