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Last sentencing for jewellery robbery gang

PUBLISHED: 12:46 10 September 2009 | UPDATED: 16:27 07 September 2010

Susanna Wilkey THE final man apprehended over brutal attacks on lone women in Hampstead and St John's Wood for their jewellery was jailed on Tuesday. Jermaine Brown, 21, of Greenhill Road, Harlesden, was jailed for three years and three months at the Inn

Susanna Wilkey

THE final man apprehended over brutal attacks on lone women in Hampstead and St John's Wood for their jewellery was jailed on Tuesday.

Jermaine Brown, 21, of Greenhill Road, Harlesden, was jailed for three years and three months at the Inner London Crown Court after pleading guilty to violently robbing a woman in St John's Wood.

The attack on December 9 occurred when a woman returned to her flat and was ambushed in the communal hallway.

Two men threatened to kill the victim as they attempted to remove her jewellery, eventually ripping her earrings from her ears.

Brown, pictured, was identified as one of the men using CCTV.

He was arrested by police under the same investigation that saw two men arrested for three other attacks on vulnerable women, including one in Hampstead and one in Hampstead Garden Suburb. They were sentenced in July.

Investigating officer DI Neil Thompson, of the territorial policing crime squad (TPCS), said: "Brown is the last of three people to be sentenced after a series of violent and cowardly attacks on vulnerable lone women.

"Hopefully the sentences they have all received will go some way in helping the victims overcome their ordeals and will serve as a warning to others who carry out this type of crime."

Detective Supt Mick McNally, head of the TPCS, said: "This investigation has taken three violent men off the streets of London.

"They targeted vulnerable members of the community using excessive violence to steal jewellery and used vehicles stolen in burglaries to make their escape.

"With the help of the community, we will continue to target these criminals and make London a safer city for us all."

The two other men were Pedro Joseph, 22, of Brucker Street, Queen's Park and Mickel Holmes, 19, of Ranelagh Road, Wembley, who pleaded guilty to three robberies.

One was an attack on a woman on January 4 who was also returning home to St John's Wood.

She was forced to the floor as the pair tried to remove her jewellery.

When disturbed by a neighbour, they ran off before returning to take her earrings.

Another on January 13 involved a woman who was pushed to the floor in Hampstead at 10.15pm while her rings and earrings were forcibly removed.

The third was a woman robbed as she got out of her car outside her home in Hampstead Garden Suburb on December 29 2008.

She was pushed to the ground and a hand was placed around her throat before her earrings and rings were violently stolen.

Joseph and Holmes were arrested in the Hatton Garden area on January 14.

They had jewellery on them that belonged to one of the victims and keys to a stolen car, which was believed to have been used in one of the offences.

The sentencings come weeks after two brothers were found guilty of robbing a string of woman across north and west London.

The victims, who were mostly wealthy women and included Hampstead fashion mogul Nicole Farhi, were targeted by Matthew and Daniel Mykoo.

The brothers were found guilty in June of a combined 21 robberies and will be sentenced later this month.

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