Watford Men Jailed For 58 Yrs For Launderette Raid

6 October 2018, 07:26 | Updated: 6 October 2018, 09:27

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Four Watford burglars who threatened a family, including two children, with an axe and an imitation firearm have been jailed for a total of 58 years.

Four burglars from Watford who threatened a family, including two children, with an axe and an imitation firearm in Essex have been jailed for a total of 58 years.

The men entered the home above the Baylees launderette in Southend Road in Grays, last December, shouting that they were armed police before tying a man's hands together while holding a gun to his head.

The suspects then ransacked the property looking for cash but noticed flashing lights outside and mistakenly thought police had arrived.

Three suspects ran to a waiting van while one of them, 39-year-old Paul Robertson from Milton Keynes, waited upstairs holding an axe and imitation firearm.

A struggle then took place between the male victim and Robertson, who died from multiple injuries.

Grays launderette

Sentencing:

Christopher Salvador (pictured bottom left), 31, of Hemming Way, Watford, Joseph Pearl (pictured top right), 28, of Charter Place, Watford, and Harrison Fryer (pictured bottom right), 24, and Jerome Johnson (pictured top left), 36, both of Charter Place, Watford, were sentenced at Basildon Crown Court today, Friday, October 5.

Pearl and Fryer were jailed for 12 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm, to run consecutively, making a total of 15 years. They had previously admitted both charges.

Johnson was jailed for 11 years for aggravated burglary and three years for possessing an imitation firearm, to run consecutively, making a total of 14 years. He had previously admitted both charges.

Salvador was jailed for 14 years after previously being convicted of aggravated burglary on Wednesday, September 19.