Armed robber who went on run to Spain jailed

25th April 2007, Comments 0 comments

25 April 2007 , NOTTINGHAM - A British man who went on the run to Spain after carrying out an armed robbery has been jailed for 12 years.

25 April 2007

NOTTINGHAM - A British man who went on the run to Spain after carrying out an armed robbery has been jailed for 12 years.

A jury at Nottingham Crown Court in 2006 had found William Jack, 42, formerly of Chaucer Street, Mansfield, guilty in his absence of armed robbery.

But the BBC reported Jack was arrested by police near Alicante in Spain in March and was sentenced on Tuesday.

Two accomplices were sentenced to nine years for armed robbery in March 2006.

Brothers Colin and Richard Shooter from Mansfield pleaded guilty to two offences of armed robbery.

The court heard Jack was responsible for devising a masked raid on a couple in a house on Turnstone Crescent, Mansfield, in March 2005.

One of his victims, Martin Holmes was repeatedly hit with a claw hammer during the raid and had jewellery worth GBP 3,000 taken from his home.

Jack was sentenced to 11 years for two offences of armed robbery and 12 months for failing to attend his trial. The sentences are to run consecutively.

Speaking after the trial, Sue Matthews from Nottinghamshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: "William Jack thought he could evade prosecution by absconding to Spain.

"But we secured a conviction in his absence and arranged a European Arrest Warrant.

"He is a dangerous and violent man who has now been brought back before the court to face the consequences of his crimes."

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