Looter chauffeured by millionaire's daughter jailed for 8 years


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A man who was chauffeured around by a millionaire's daughter as he went on a looting spree during last summer's riots has been jailed for eight years, Scotland Yard said.

Alexander Elliott-Joahill, 19, from Lee, south east London, went on the rampage on August 8 last year, wearing a hood that covered his face.

He threw bricks at a police car in Lewisham, south east London, one of which hit a 40-year-old female officer in the head.

Later that night, Elliott-Joahill was arrested alongside Laura Johnson, 20, from Orpington, Kent, and Christopher Edwards, 18, from Catford, south east London.

They were part of a group that university-educated Johnson drove around in her black Smart car as they looted shops.

Elliott-Joahill had already admitted handling stolen goods at Currys in Charlton, burglary at Comet in Greenwich, burglary at the BP garage in Woolwich Road, Charlton, and handling stolen goods at Halfords and PC World at the Stone Lake Retail Park in Charlton.

He also pleaded guilty to possession of a knife, violent disorder, robbery and burglary, and was convicted last month of attempted grievous bodily harm with intent.

Elliott-Joahill was sentenced at Blackfriars Crown Court today.

Detective Constable Lisa Lathbury said: "Elliott-Joahill and those arrested with him went out on the evening of 8 August with the intention of stealing from local stores and joining in the mass disorder and looting.

"We can only be thankful that his violent and reckless attack on an officer with a brick did not cause far more serious injury."

Johnson was jailed for two years in May for burglary and handling stolen goods, while Edwards was given a year in a young offenders' institution.