A Londoner who travelled with others from Ilford to Watford and Luton to steal high-value cars was sentenced to two years’ detention today (March 1st).
Nino Hamed, 20, and at least two others drove to Caractacus Green in Watford on August 10th last year.
Prosecutor Gavin Pottinger told St Albans Crown Court one of them broke into the house and stole the keys to two Audis belonging to a couple who were asleep.
They drove off in the cars – which were valued at £38,000 and £32,000.
Five days later, on 15 August officers, a taxi driver was asleep at his home in Roman Road, Luton when the keys to his £17,000 Merecedes were taken. The car, which had £400 cash inside, was stolen.
Hamed was arrested when he crashed one of the Audis into a farm gate. He was in possession of the taxi driver’s licence.
Hamed of Kingston Road, Ilford appeared for sentence having admitted two burglaries and three thefts. The other people involved have not been arrested.
Defending, Tim Bass said Hamed was a “follower, not a leader.” He said he has been seeing the community health team and psychiatrists because of mental health problems. He said his father had left home.
Judge Michael Kay QC told him: “It was quite obvious you were involved with others. A considerable amount of organisation was involved. You role was unclear, others may have been the leading light.”
He told Hamed, who was supported in court by his mother, “You have let you family down and you should be ashamed of yourself.”