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Waltham Cross jewellery looter was on licence from jail

A man who was on licence from prison when he looted a jewellers during the August riots in Hertfordshire has been jailed for four years.

Adam O'Harro, of Grove Road, Leytonstone, east London, was convicted by a jury at St Albans Crown Court of violent disorder and burglary.

The 21-year-old raided Ozcan jewellers in Waltham Cross on 7 August.

He had been released from prison just 10 months earlier and was on licence over a kidnap and torture case.

Judge Michael Baker QC told O'Harro he was a "hooded and threatening" presence at the jewellers.

Prosecutor Alison Ginn said police were forced to withdraw from the town centre after a mob of young men in hoodies with scarves around their faces ran at them.

Ozcan manager Tugba Temel and her husband were called out to the shop after the burglar alarm went off and were left on their own as a mob stole £20,000 worth of jewellery, the court heard.

Head shattered glass

She later told the police she was "shaking with fear" as she was trapped inside the shop when the shutters were forced back.

Twenty or more youths with hoods covering their faces smashed the glass and snatched items from the display.

One man used his head to shatter the glass in a display cabinet.

The shop owner's son, Okay Amasyali, arrived armed with a branch and swung it to ward off the looters, joined by Mrs Temel's husband, who used a broom.

O'Harro denied he was part of the mob who looted the shop.

In the witness box he said he did not know where he was that night, but said it was possible he could have been with his girlfriend.

In 2008, he was sentenced to five years and six months in prison after he admitted false imprisonment, blackmail and wounding.

The judge at that time had passed an extended sentence of 10 years, which meant O'Harro was on licence for four years and six months after his time behind bars, the court heard.

In October, Judge Stephen Gullick said the Ozcan looters would have been shot in the US as he viewed CCTV footage of the raid at St Albans Crown Court.

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