Maidstone; Post Office Suspect Jailed

The third and final suspect of a robbery at the post office in Grafty Green, near Maidstone, has been jailed for four years.

On 23 November 2011, three men burst into the post office and stole more than £5,500. During the robbery a post office worker was punched three times in the face.

In February 2012, 20 year-old Christopher Williams from Lambeth was jailed for four years. Eight months later a 17 year-old from London – who was 16 at the time of the offence – was jailed for two years.

On 25 May the final suspect, 21 year-old Londoner Darren Wilson was arrested in the capital. Wilson had been identified by a DNA match on a shoe that had been left in the getaway vehicle, which officers had seized, and from CCTV in the area of the crime scene.
He had been circulated as wanted and on 25 May 2013 was arrested by officers from the Metropolitan Police Service. Less than a week later, on 31 May, Wilson was sentenced before Maidstone Crown Court to four years in prison.

Detective Constable Catherine Holmes from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: ‘Wilson had been wanted for some months, and it is great to finally put him in prison and complete our investigation. The two other offenders had been identified and imprisoned and I’m so pleased for the victims – who were put through a really frightening ordeal – to be able to see all three offenders being brought to justice for their violent crime.’

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