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Hatton Garden heist: Accused 'had no skills to offer gang'

Carl Wood, one of the Hatton Garden heist accused appearing at Woolwich Crown Court, Image copyright Julia Quenzler
Image caption Carl Wood denies the charges against him

One of the men accused of being part of the Hatton Garden raid could not have been involved because he lacked any skill to offer the gang, a court has heard.

Nick Corsellis, lawyer for Carl Wood, said an "inside man" must have been involved in the raid but his client lacked the expertise to be that person.

Mr Wood and three other men deny taking part in the £14m heist.

Four others have already pleaded guilty for their roles in the robbery.

'General dogsbody'

During his closing speech, Mr Corsellis told Woolwich Crown Court the gang were "serious organised criminals" who had put a team together where "each member has to have a role".

"And this is one of the reasons Mr Wood is not guilty. What did he bring to the table?" he said.

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Image caption William Lincoln, Jon Harbinson and Hugh Doyle (l-r) are also accused of being part of the heist

Mr Corsellis said it did not follow that his client was the man identified by the prosecution as "Man F" in CCTV footage of the raid.

"Male F was actually a player. An inside man, or linked to the inside man, fully familiar with the inner workings of Hatton Garden Safe Deposit".

Mr Wood lacked such knowledge and would have only been able to act as a "general dogsbody", the lawyer said.

Mr Corsellis asked the jury whether professional criminals would have been prepared to give up part of their millions to a person who would have only been an "extra pair of hands (EPH)".

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Image caption A person identified as "Man F" was captured on CCTV
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Image caption The vault at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Ltd was breached over Easter weekend in 2015

He called it "illogical" and "implausible" that such a person was involved as "criminals are not charitable people".

Speaking about how the prosecution had said the heist could be turned into a TV programme or film, Mr Corsellis suggested movie titles could include "Bad Grandpas" or "The Enfield Expendables".

"But who would play Carl Wood - the EPH? Do you think Mr Tom Hardy or Mr Vinnie Jones is going to rush to take the part of... the EPH?" he asked.

The case continues.


Defendants and charges

  • Carl Wood, 58, of Elderbeck Close, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
  • William Lincoln, 60, of Winkley Street, Bethnal Green: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
  • Jon Harbinson, 42, of Beresford Gardens, Benfleet, Essex: Charged with conspiracy to commit burglary and conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property
  • Hugh Doyle, 48, of Riverside Gardens, Enfield: Charged with conspiracy to conceal, convert or transfer criminal property and faces an alternative charge of concealing, converting or transferring criminal property

Daniel Jones, 60, of Park Avenue, Enfield; John Collins, 75, of Bletsoe Walk, Islington; Terry Perkins, 67, of Heene Road, Enfield, and Brian Reader, 76, of Dartford Road, Dartford, have all previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary.

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