Jurors in the case of a man accused of carrying out a terrifying knife heist on ex-England star Ashley Cole have been shown shocking CCTV footage of a £3.5 million diamond tiara heist in which he is also said to have participated.
A court has heard how the former Chelsea and England defender was attacked at his home in Fetcham, Surrey, by a balaclava-clad mob who threatened to cut his fingers as they searched for jewelery and watches.
Cole’s shocked partner, model Sharon Canu, and their two young children were forced to watch as he was forced to his knees with his hands tied behind his back.
The group of up to six men fled with valuables, cash and a Gucci bag when police arrived.
One of the alleged gang members, 34-year-old Kurtis Dilks, is on trial before Nottingham Crown Court and charged with theft following the incident, which took place around 9:30 p.m. on January 21, 2020. He denies the crime.
Ashley Cole’s shocked partner, model Sharon Canu, and their two young children were forced to watch as he was forced to his knees with his hands tied behind his back in the robbery at their home on January 21, 2020
The Portland Tiara, which was stolen on Nov. 20 last year by three robbers using specialized diamond cutting tools from the Welbeck Estate
But prosecutors allege he was also involved in a series of previous “extremely serious, conspicuous, carefully planned and sometimes brutally executed burglaries and violent robberies.”
One was the theft of the £3.5 million Portland Tiara – described as ‘of great historic interest’ – from an art gallery on the Welbeck estate in Nottinghamshire.
The Cartier-designed tiara — worn by the Duchess of Portland until King Edward VII’s coronation in 1902 — was stolen from its armored glass display case on the night of November 21, 2018 in what the court has heard was a “professionally executed, well- planned, violation.’
It was then reportedly transported to London “within hours” and handed over to Sercan Evsin, 25, and Tevfik Guccik, who ran “a seemingly legitimate” jewelery store in the Hatton Garden district of the capital, before it was “demolished” and was flown out of the city. UK.
Detectives investigating the theft of a famous tiara and diamond brooch from The Welbeck Estate in Worksop have released CCTV footage of three suspects
Dramatic CCTV footage of the tiara raid was played to jurors today. They showed a car pulling up in the pitch dark to a wooden gate close to the gallery, and three figures in overalls and helmets jumping out.
They climb the gate and approach the gallery, using power tools to force their way through a floor-to-ceiling window and gain entry.
CCTV from the gallery shows sparks flying as they use the tool to work their way into the glass cases containing the tiara and accompanying brooch worth £250,000.
They then flee with the belongings, running back to the car, which drives away.
The raid lasts only five minutes – too fast for on-site security to intercept it.
The Cartier-designed tiara was worn by Winifred Cavendish-Bentinck, Duchess of Portland (1863-1954) during King Edward VII’s coronation in 1902
Prosecutor Michael Brady QC has said the “correct conclusion to draw” is that four defendants in the dock alongside Dilks — Ashley Cumberpatch, 35, Adrian Eddishaw, 32, Matthew Johnson, 34, and 32-year-old Kelly Duong, “the four persons who were present at or near the gallery on the evening of the burglary.’
But while cell phone data suggested that Dilks and another man, Andrew MacDonald, 40, did not participate in the actual raid, “this does not undermine the evidence pointing to their involvement in the agreement, the conspiracy to commit the burglary.”
All six defendants, from Nottingham, deny conspiracy to commit burglary. Evsin and Guccuk, from London, deny converting criminal property.
Other offenses that Dilks is alleged to have committed include a robbery in May 2019 at the home of Hull City footballer Tom Huddlestone in Caythorpe, Notts, while he was playing an away game in Swansea.
In that incident, Joanna Dixon, Huddlestone’s partner, who was in bed with their young son, was tied up and threatened, and £500,000 worth of jewelery was stolen.
Dilks is then said to have ‘continued the pattern’ when he was involved in the subsequent raid on Cole, now Everton first team coach, and Mrs Canu.
The trial, which is expected to take up to 12 weeks, continues.