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Terror of jewel-shop woman after raiders put gun to her face
A woman was left in terror when a sawn off shotgun was pointed in her face during an armed robbery at her jewellery shop, a Court heard.
Asian gold worth £80,000 was taken during the “violent and professional” robbery, Bradford Crown Court was told.
Getaway driver Arman Nazir, 26, who was on licence for his involvement in previous armed raids, was yesterday locked up indefinitely, while Abu Baker Aslam, 24, who provided the stolen car, was jailed for six years.
The court heard that four men, armed with a pickaxe, sledgehammer, and possibly an iron bar, got out of a black Volkswagen Golf, approached the Tayyeba Jewellers, in Little Lane, Girlington, Bradford, and smashed the shop window before entering.
Prosecutor Simon Waley said shop owner Aurang Zeb was out on business, and his wife Nagina was alone in the shop. She activated the alarms, but one man approached her with a gun, pointed it at her face, and said: “Move out of the way or I will shoot you.” She could see his finger appeared to be on the trigger.
The men smashed the counter and snatched jewellery, which they put in a bag. As they fled the premises, one man was holding a sawn-off shotgun, which he pointed at members of the public and he shouted at them to back off. They got back in the Golf, which had been stolen four weeks before, and it was driven off.
Nazir, of no fixed address, and Aslam, of Agar Street, Girlington, admitted conspiracy to rob. Nazir pleaded guilty on a basis that he was the driver and did not leave the car. Aslam pleaded guilty on a basis that he provided the vehicle for the robbery.
The court heard Nazir had been sentenced to a total of seven years in 2006 for his part in a robbery and an attempted robbery, committed on consecutive days, during which firearms were used. In the second raid, at City Road post office, a shot was fired at the glass security screen.
Aslam had a number of previous convictions and was on bail at the time.
Simon Bourne-Arton QC, for Nazir, said it was not the most sophisticated robbery and his client was immature and easily led. Aslam’s barrister, Anthony Cross QC, said he had played a peripheral role.
Judge Jonathan Rose said it was a well planned and executed robbery, aggravated by the use of a sawn-off shotgun to threaten a vulnerable, lone woman who was terrified.
Sentencing Nazir to Imprisonment for Public Protection, Judge Rose said: “You are a man with a propensity to commit offences in which firearms are carried.”
Nazir will have to serve at least five years in prison before he can be considered for parole, but Judge Rose said he would not be released until it was deemed safe to do so.
He told Aslam his role was peripheral but he knew it was to be a robbery with a firearm.