Securitas raider's sentence increased in Morocco
- 30 November 2010
- From the section Kent
A cage-fighter jailed in Morocco for his part in a cash raid at a depot in Kent - the UK's biggest - has had his sentence increased from 10 to 25 years.
Lee Murray, originally from south London, was named during the trial of other gang members as the "mastermind" of the £53m Securitas raid.
Murray, who has Moroccan nationality, fled there after the raid in 2006.
Kent Police said his sentence was increased at a hearing in Rabat after the prosecution appealed.
A police spokeswoman said lawyers had argued that Murray's sentence was too lenient.
An appeal by Murray against the length of his sentence was dismissed at Tuesday's hearing.
The Moroccan authorities refused to extradite Murray to the UK for trial but worked with Kent Police on his prosecution in the north African country.
He was sentenced to 10 years in June this year.
The Securitas gang kidnapped depot manager Colin Dixon, his wife Lynn and their young child and held them hostage while they robbed the premises in Tonbridge.
Heavily-armed robbers trussed up 14 terrified employees with cable ties and threatened to kill them if they disobeyed orders.
Five men were convicted of kidnap, robbery and firearms charges in 2008.
Two of them, Lea Rusha, 37, and Jetmir Bucpapa, 28, both jailed for a minimum of 15 years, were last week refused leave to appeal against their convictions in the Court of Appeal in London.
Bucpapa's indeterminate 15-year sentence was replaced with a determinate sentence of 30 years' imprisonment.
Murray's best friend and fellow cage fighter, Paul Allen, from Chatham, Kent was jailed for 18 years in October 2009.