Masked robbers threatened to chop guard’s hand off with machete

Two men staged a terrifying robbery at a Tesco store on the Lincolnshire coast – while they were hiding out on a nearby caravan site following and earlier ‘cash-in-transit’ robbery. Kevin Mullen and Daniel Jordan, who had carried out the ‘professionally-planned’ raid at the Tesco Express in Ingoldmells in May 2019, have now both been jailed for 16 years. Mullen (38) of Edward Street, Nuneaton, Warwickshire, had pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to three charges of robbery.

Jordan (44) of Spruce Road, Nuneaton, had pleaded guilty to two of those charges and one of dangerous driving; and a third man, Aaron Liburd (42) of Prior Park Road, Rugby, to one of them.

Read More
Related Articles

Prosecutor John O’Higgins said that in January 2018 Mullen was one of three men who burst into a Co-op store in the Warwickshire village of Cawston and robbed staff at knifepoint of GBP7,445 from the safe. Fourteen minutes later the police tried to stop the men in a Ford Fiesta near to Mullen’s mother’s home in Coventry. They got away, but then abandoned the car and fled on foot, leaving behind their haul.

Later that year Mullen, who had been released in 2017 after serving ten years of an indeterminate prison sentence for conspiracy to rob, was recalled to prison. Following his release, on 9 April 2019 he and the other two took part in the professionally-planned robbery of a cash-in-transit guard outside a Lidl store in Rugby, Warwickshire. As the guard came out of the busy store with a cash box containing takings of GBP18,000 Mullen and Liburd ran towards him.

As Mullen grabbed hold of him, demanding that he open the cash box, Liburd brandished a machete and repeatedly threatened to cut his hand off to take the box if he did not open it. When the terrified guard complied, it activated the box’s security dye, but they grabbed the bag of cash from it and ran back to their get-away car where Jordan was waiting to speed away. Liburd, whose home overlooked the store, was arrested three days later, and GBP3,110 in cash was found at his home.

The other two had left the area and driven in a black BMW to Skegness, where they spent GBP600 in a JD Sports shop before holing up on a caravan park close to the Tesco Express store in Ingoldmells. Then at 5am on May Bank Holiday morning, two female staff members arrived at the Tesco store and were preparing to open when a Peugeot 206 Mullen had bought for cash a few days earlier pulled up on the car park opposite. The car then moved to immediately outside the store and the two men, both masked and in dark clothes, rushed in armed with kitchen knives and ordered one of the women to open the tills.

The women’s phones were then taken from them before they were taken to the office and ordered to open the safe – but they were unable to do so because they were time-locked. Having taken GBP10,220 from the self-service tills, Mullen and Jordan made off in the Peugeot before abandoning it nearby and switching back to the BMW, said Mr O’Higgins. He pointed out that the raid had been carefully planned, because CCTV cameras showed the men had previously used the BMW to check it out at 5am, driving past several times before Jordan had got out to have a closer look.

Later that month the police tried to stop Jordan as he was driving a Mini with his wife next to him, but he sped away along the A444 in Leicestershire and drove through the village of Sibson at 80mph. When he and Mullen were later arrested, they denied being involved in any of the robberies. Mr O’Higgins added that Mullen and Jordan were both given indeterminate sentences for the public protection in 2007 for their parts in separate conspiracies to rob supermarkets – and had both served ten years before being released on licence for life.

Ian Jobling, for Mullen and Jordan, pointed out that because they had both been recalled to prison, the time they had spent on remand would not count towards their sentences. He asked the judge to reduce the terms to take account of that – but Judge Anthony Potter rejected that, saying it was the consequence of committing offences while on licence. Jailing the three, Judge Potter told them: “I sentence you Mullen and Jordan for your roles in more than one robbery which took place in your case Mullen over the course of a 16-month period punctuated by a period in prison.

“In your case Jordan, it was over a period of just shy of a month; and you Liburd for your involvement in a cash-in-transit robbery in April 2019. “The robbery of the Tesco in Skegness was the last in time, committed by you Mullen and Jordan in the early hours of a Bank Holiday Monday in May 2019. “All were commercial robberies which had the hallmarks of professional planning and execution.

And Mullen, it is said you have underlying beliefs supportive of organised crime, which is a worrying aspect of your case.”

Judge Potter also ordered the GBP3,110 seized from Liburd, GBP2,369 from Mullen and GBP50 from Jordan to be confiscated and used to pay GBP1,105 in compensation to each of their five victims.

To sign up for the Lincolnshire Live newsletter click here

Read More
Related Articles
Read More
Related Articles




Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *