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Waltham Cross jewellery looter's brother jailed

A man who looted a jewellery shop with his brother during the August riots two years ago has been jailed for three years and three months.

Daniel O'Harro, 21, of Waltham Cross, was recognised in CCTV footage of a gang ripping away the shutters of Ozcan jewellers in the town in August 2011.

He denied violent disorder and burglary and was convicted at St Albans Crown Court.

His brother Adam O'Harro, then 21, was jailed last year for four years.

The court heard text messages on Daniel O'Harro's phone indicated he had stolen a chain and a watch from the shop on 7 August.

Police had withdrawn from the town centre after a mob of men with their faces covered ran at officers.

'Wanton attack'

Ozcan manager Tugba Temel told police she was "shaking with fear" as she and her husband were trapped in the shop and the shutters were forced back.

One man used his head to shatter the glass of a display cabinet and twenty or more men snatched items from the display.

Daniel O'Harro's barrister, John Traversin, said the defendant had been on a curfew awaiting trial and had not been in any trouble.

"He comes from a close family and continues to maintain his innocence, " he said.

Judge Stephen Warner said there was "mayhem" up and down the country when the riots flared.

He went on: "This was a wanton, determined and sustained attack on the shop."

St Albans Crown Court had heard in February last year that Adam O'Harro was on licence from prison for a kidnap and torture case when he took part in the raid.

He had also denied the two charges.

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