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Pair sentenced for gunpoint robbery in Stanmore
Two men have been jailed for three and a half years each for robbing a young woman at gunpoint while she was walking home.
Zain Andani, 19, of Marsh Lane, Stanmore, and Vishar Pawer, 21, of Gaydon Lane, Colindale, were sentenced today for the robbery on February 17, in 2012.
The two men robbed the woman as she was walking home down an alleyway running the side of Sainsbury’s supermarket in Stanmore just after midnight.
In sentencing the two men Judge Arran said: “You clearly caused a great deal of terror in that young woman who wanted to walk safely home at night.”
Prosecuting barrister Peter Gray read from an impact statement from the victim, who said: “I was completely terrified as any woman would be in that situation and I was scared for my life.”
The court was shown CCTV footage of the two men loitering around the Broadway, in Stanmore, for 15 minutes with Pawer seen carrying a gun.
The court then saw the victim come into view and as she walked down the alleyway, Pawer, followed by Andani, who has a slight limp, were seen chasing after her.
The court heard how the two men stopped the woman and asked her where she was going and Pawer then said to her he had a gun and made a gun shape with his hands.
The two men were arrested in November last year, after footage was shown on the BBC programme Crimewatch.
The two men maintained their innocence until days before the trial was due to begin, when they changed their plea to guilty.
Pawer’s defence barrister Yasin Patel read out a statement from the defendant in court.
He said: “I am sorry I am here before you today and I want to apologise to the court, the authorities, my family and most of all the victim.
However Judge Arran dismissed statement and said: “If he was remorseful he would have pleaded guilty sooner, at the earliest opportunity.”
Following the sentencing PC Andy Sullivan of Harrow police said: “This was a lengthy and complex investigation into what is one of the most disturbing robberies I have investigated.
“I would like to thank those members of the public who contacted Crimestoppers and the BBC Crimewatch team for their part in solving this crime and bringing two dangerous men to justice.
“Thankfully crimes of this nature are very rare in Harrow and we remain one of London’s safest boroughs.”