Gang jailed for robbery on Eastbourne train

Southern train SUS-150906-105214001
Southern train SUS-150906-105214001

Five people have been jailed for their involvement in a robbery on board a train to Eastbourne.

Sayed Shah, 23, of Fir Tree Gardens, Croydon, Marcus Skillern, 19, of Panton Close, Croydon, Davenand Jaipaul, 21, of Tankerton Terrace, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Adbinsair Abdullahi, 20, of Derby Road, Croydon, Surrey and Abdul Messai, 21, of Kingston Road, Raynes Park were all found guilty on one count of robbery after a nine day trial.

The men all boarded a train at Clapham Junction on 18 April 2014 on a service heading from Victoria to Eastbourne.

Once on board, the group walked through the train being loud and behaving in an anti-social and threatening manner, until they reached the first class section at the end of the train.

In the first class section, the group surrounded a man and one of the group sat next him. Another member of the group sat opposite him staring at him in an intimidating way before reaching across and stroking his face.

The victim was then asked by one of the group members if his watch was gold. During this time all other passengers left the first class area.

The court heard that the victim was caused substantial fear by the group, who left the carriage a few minutes later.

The victim did not see the group again, but when he arrived at Brighton he realised his wallet was missing. The wallet contained a number of cards and $102 in Singapore dollars.

A number of passengers on board the train had called the police due to the group’s behaviour.

The train was boarded by police officers at Gatwick Airport railway station where the men were pointed out and arrested on suspicion of robbery. Several of the group were found with the victim’s property split between them.

All five members of the group were sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court on July 17.

Speaking after the sentencing Detective Constable Ostin Elkins said, “The sentencing shows that we will not tolerate any type of crime or threatening behaviour on the rail network.

“These men actively sought out their victim on board the train and took the opportunity to intimidate and prey upon a man who was simply on his way home after a night out.

“Passengers are entitled to travel on the railway without fear. I am pleased to see that they all received sentences that will give them time to reflect on their actions.”

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