Pawn shop workers Tasered in face at point-blank range during 'unnecessarily violent' armed raid in Ilford

Gang involved now sentenced to a combined total of 94 years in jail

A pawn shop owner was Tasered in the face 10 times and pistol-whipped with a semi-automatic handgun during an "unnecessarily violent robbery", a court has heard, as the gang involved were jailed for a total of almost 100 years.

A female shop worker was also stunned in the face with the 50,000-volt weapon, as around £60,000 worth of cash, gold and jewellery were stolen in the raid on Maxcroft Securities in Ilford last year.

The Old Bailey heard how David Sadiku, 41, and Kelly Day, 36, posed as a couple selling a Rolex watch to gain access to the pawnbroker’s.

Once inside, they let in Paulius Strasunskas, 27, Amarjeet Bharj, 48, Aamir Kayani, 31, and Francis Carbon, 32, who ordered staff to empty their desks and took wedding jewellery from a couple attempting to retrieve pawned items.

The pawnbroker, who asked not to be named, told the Evening Standard how he was dragged from his office with a gun held to his head.

He said he was able to hit the shop’s panic button, forcing the raiders to flee, but not before staff had been left “traumatised” and some threatened with being killed.

The owner said: “It really was an unnecessarily violent robbery, was very traumatic and has had an impact on all of us.

“They kept on banging and shouting. There was no time to fear for your life. It just sounded like bang, bang, bang.”

Kelly Day admitted robbery and carrying a firearm with criminal intent and was jailed for six years (Met Police) Kelly Day admitted robbery and carrying a firearm with criminal intent and was jailed for six years (Met Police) The gang was caught by police a month after the pawn shop raid during another robbery on 8 August, when they were under surveillance by the Metropolitan Police’s cross-borough Flying Squad.

That incident involved another gang member, Michael Carbon, 26, and the same group had struck a week earlier at a Muslim wedding celebration but were prevented from getting into the house by brave guests.

On hearing that the gang had received 94 years in jail between them, the shop owner told the Standard it was “a good result in the circumstances”.

He added: “The police worked in a very effective way and they deserve applause. The way they handled it was fantastic and had them arrested after a month.”

Sadiku and Day pleaded guilty to taking part in the Maxcroft robbery. The others were convicted of multiple robbery and firearms charges following a nine-week trial at Old Bailey.

Sadiku, from Walthamstow, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, burglary, two counts of robbery, two counts of carrying a firearm with criminal intent, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and one of possessing a firearm with intent to commit an offence. He was jailed for 13 years.

Strasunskas, of Clayhall; Francis Carbon, of Barking; and Kayani, of Romford, were convicted of aggravated burglary, two counts of robbery, burglary, two counts of carrying a firearm with criminal intent, two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon and one of possessing a firearm. They were jailed for 15, 18 and 17 years respectively.

Bharj, of Upminster, was found guilty of two counts of robbery, one of burglary, carrying a firearm with criminal intent, possession of a prohibited weapon, and possession of a firearm and got 15 years.

Michael Carbon, of Plaistow, east London, was convicted of burglary, robbery, and possession of a firearm and got ten years.

Day, of Ilford, admitted robbery and carrying a firearm with criminal intent and was jailed for six years.

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Sport
tennisLive: Follow all the updates from Melbourne as Murray faces Czech Tomas Berdych in the semi-final
Arts and Entertainment
'The Archers' has an audience of about five million
radioA growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried
Arts and Entertainment
Henry VIII played by Damien Lewis
tvReview: Scheming queens-in-waiting, tangled lines of succession and men of lowly birth rising to power – sound familiar?
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift is applying to trademark song lyrics from 1989
musicYou'll have to ask Taylor Swift first
ebooks
ebooksA year of political gossip, levity and intrigue from the sharpest pen in Westminster
News
Joel Grey, now 82, won several awards for his role in Cabaret
people
Sport
Harry Kane celebrates scoring the opening goal for Spurs
footballLive: All the latest transfer news as deadline day looms
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
Valentine's Day cards: 5 best online card shops

Don't leave it to the petrol station: The best online card shops for Valentine's Day

Can't find a card you like on the high street? Try one of these sites for individual, personalised options, whatever your taste
Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

The Reds are desperately missing Luis Suarez, says Ian Herbert
Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Former one-day coach says he will ‘observe’ their World Cup games – but ‘won’t be jumping up and down’
Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

Greece elections

In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza, says Patrick Cockburn
Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

Holocaust Memorial Day

Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears over Europe
Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

Magnetic north

The Arctic has always exerted a pull, from Greek myth to new thriller Fortitude. Gerard Gilbert considers what's behind our fascination with the last great wilderness