Mohammed Auckburally, 43, of Ripple Road, Barking, Dagenham, was sentenced yesterday at Southwark Crown Court after pleading guilty to conspiracy to rob a 69-year-old man in his home in Upton Park.
Auckburally’s wife, Ioana Ruxandra Costache, disguised herself as a courier to pretend to deliver a parcel at about 11.30am last February.
As the 28-year-old spoke to the victim on his doorstep, her husband approached the door and forced his way into the property using a Stanley knife to assault the victim as he entered.
Once inside, Mohammed Auckburally, from Mauritius, struck the victim over his head and used tape to bind his hands, legs and mouth. Auckburally’s brother Abdool Auckburally, 26, of Drake Avenue, Great Yarmouth helped him bind the victim, putting a towel over the victim’s head and pushing him to the floor.
They were joined by Rajdeo Aubeelock, also from Mauritius, who searched the house before the gang made off with thousands of pounds worth of jewellery and cash.
The brave victim freed himself and raised the alarm. CCTV footage at his address helped identify the suspects, who were arrested on different dates in March and April last year following the incident on February 29.
Police recovered £2,000 (Rs 100,000) in cash from Costache’s address and £10,000 (Rs 500,000) from Aubeelock’s home, believed to be stolen in the raid.
Detective Constable Chloe Wilson, of Newham CID, said:
Whilst the victim suffered relatively minor physical injuries as a result of the incident, it is the mental scars that still remain. Much of the money and jewellery stolen has still not been recovered, but I hope the victim will take some comfort in knowing this violent quartet have been caught and brought to justice.
Abdool Auckburally and Rajdeo Aubeelock, 35, of Hampton Road, Ilford, were sentenced to nine and seven years in jail respectively after they were found guilty of conspiracy to rob on Friday.
Costache, who was also found guilty of the crime, failed to appear at Southwark Crown Court yesterday and will reappear for sentencing on June 30.