Prisoners robbed armoured car on day release

Posted: April 29, 2010 in Law & Disorder

Two men plotted a G4 armoured car heist from their prison cells and carried it out on day release.

Neil Corrigan, 28, from Dover, is alleged to have been driven to Kent from HMP Stamford Hill on day release, only to meet up with ex-prisoner Ricky Johnson, 25, of no fixed address. The two carried out the raid at Barclays Bank in Swanley, Kent, in August last year using an imitation firearm.

IlieBut the prosecution at Canterbury Crown Court has claimed that the third member of the gang was another serving prisoner Gary Bennett, 28, from Dartford – also out on day release on the day of the attack. Father of two Bennett, of Brandon Road, Dartford, has denied the charge.

Corrigan, of Hobart Crescent, Dover, and Johnson have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob at an earlier hearing. They will be sentenced later.

The jury was shown CCTV footage of the the bank robbery.

It was alleged that the “meticulous reconnaissance” for the daring heist was done by Bennett a week earlier. Again he had been given day release from the open prison on the Isle of Sheppey and had used it to plan the raid, it was claimed.

On the day of the attack it was alleged that he had also been driven by prison van from his cell to Sittingbourne Railway station – and then by rail to Chatham to carry out work. But it was said that Bennett had been in constant contact by mobile phone with the two members of the gang.

After the attack the three are alleged to have met near Darenth. The burned-out getaway car was found abandoned in a quiet country lane and the money, £25,000, has never been recovered.

The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, continues.

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