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30 May 2015, 09:16
Three Birmingham men have been jailed for more than 18 years after robbing a cash delivery driver outside a petrol station in the city.
It happened last July at the Apple Green Service Station on Small Heath Highway - the victim was threatened with a knife in his face.
Dye-stained money was found by police with a sledge hammer and cleaning products bought from a nearby shop to try and clean the cash.
The guard arrived for his morning collection, at 9.10am on July 14, 2014, and carried out two trips to and from the cash desk to his secure van before Mohammed Asad and Navis Chowdhury appeared from behind the vehicle.
(From left to right, Hussain, Asad, Chowdhury)
The masked pair demanded his cash box before 21-year-old Chowdhury grabbed the secure carrier, whilst the 47-year-old guard resisted and tried to prevent the robbers from getting their hands on his cargo.
Hussain, Asad and the driver were arrested on suspicion of robbery and a mask and glove found in the van were later found to contain Chowdhury’s DNA .
Asad, of Lakefield Close, and Chowdhury pleaded guilty to robbery at an earlier hearing, while Hussain, of Severn Grove, stood trial at Birmingham Crown Court, after which the jury returned a unanimous guilty verdict.
Hussain was sentenced to ten years behind bars and will have to spend three years on licence on release after the judge classified him as a dangerous offender.
Asad was handed a five-year-and-four-month sentence while Chowdhury was given a two-year-and-eight-month term.
Asad and Hussain were also given serious crime prevention orders, meaning they will be under strict supervision on their release from prison.