Man who helped Hatton Garden heist gang fined

A plumber who helped the Hatton Garden raiders has been fined £367.50 for his "general criminal conduct", a court was told.

Hugh Doyle was convicted in January 2016 for providing safe access to a yard where stolen property from the multimillion-pound jewellery raid could be moved between vehicles, Judge Christopher Kinch QC said.

In his ruling, the judge said it was agreed that Doyle had not received any benefit, payment or reward for his participation in the conduct of which he was convicted, but that he had been deemed to have a "criminal lifestyle".

John Collins and Hugh Doyle, left, at the rear of The Old Wheatsheaf Pub, beside Doyle's Workshop, in Enfield (Metropolitan Police/PA)
John Collins and Hugh Doyle, left, at the rear of The Old Wheatsheaf Pub, beside Doyle's Workshop, in Enfield (Metropolitan Police/PA)

While much of his finances were accounted for under legitimate business activity, there were unaccounted-for credits of crash in his bank accounts, the judge said, estimating that Doyle benefitted £27,194.44 from the proceeds of general criminal conduct.

He said Doyle, from Enfield, North London, had "limited assets", and ordered him to pay the available amount in his possession - £367.50.

He must pay the sum within 14 days, Woolwich Crown Court heard.

The holes drilled to gain access to the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit (David Parry/PA)
The holes drilled to gain access to the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit (David Parry/PA)

On Tuesday afternoon, the judge is due to deliver confiscation rulings in respect of John "Kenny" Collins, 77, of Islington, north London; Daniel Jones, 63, of Enfield, north London; Terry Perkins, 69, of Enfield; William Lincoln, 60, of Bethnal Green, east London and the group's oldest member Brian Reader, 78, of Dartford, Kent.

A minimum value of £13.69 million has been placed on valuables stolen in the Easter 2015 raid, the court was told earlier this month.

The gang ransacked 73 boxes at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit in London's jewellery quarter after using a drill to bore a hole into the vault wall.

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