Hussain transferred £900,000 in a Pakistani bank
LONDON: Two former security guards have been found guilty of a conspiracy to steal £7 million after a three week-long trial at Kingston Crown Court.
Mohammed Naheen Siddique, 32, of Belgrave Road, Slough, and Ranjeev Singh, 40,of Grampian Way, Slough staged a robbery in an attempt to steal 19 bags of cash due to be transported to the Bank of Ireland. The pair, who both worked for the cash handling company Loomis, were caught as the result of an investigation by the Met’s Flying Squad.
The court heard Siddique and Singh were working together on the same shift on Tuesday, 14 March and had been tasked with picking up £7 million in cash from the British Airways cargo depot at Heathrow Airport.
Analysis of CCTV footage revealed that, shortly after the money was picked up at 08:30hrs, the Loomis van pulled over outside the security gates to allow Singh to use the toilet. This was an unauthorised stop and against all Loomis protocols and instructions, which stated that if an operative needed such a stop then he/she should call into the control centre so that closer monitoring of the van could occur.
While Singh was in the toilet, Siddique drove off and then parked it a short distance away in West View, Feltham.
Singh took 20 minutes to raise the alarm with his employer and, when asked whether he had tried to contact Siddique, he said he did not have his phone.
Hussain’s wife Razvana Zeib was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering after investigations revealed £900,000 had been transferred to a Pakistani bank account opened in her name.
Zeib and another defendant, Gary Carrod, were also charged with conspiracy to burgle after a house in Stoke Poges, which Hussain was planning to buy at a knockdown price, was burgled and ransacked.
Gary Carrod, 33 of Nursery Road, Taplow, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle at Kingston Crown Court on Monday, 11 September.
Rafaqat Hussain, 41, of Chadwick Road, Slough, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal, conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on Monday, 11 September.
Razvana Zeib, 35, of Chadwick Road, Slough, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to commit money laundering at Kingston Crown Court on Monday, 11 September. Both men are now likely to receive substantial custodial sentences.