LOCAL — 27 August 2014

junior cooper

A man has been jailed for 12 years after carrying out violent robberies on women in Westminster and Camden.

A second man will be sentenced next month.

Junior Cooper (pictured), 35, of Queen’s Park was found guilty of conspiracy to rob three women and Remy McLeod, 19, of no fixed abode was found guilty of conspiracy to rob.

Cooper carried out two violent robberies in the evening of November 15. At around 10:30pm he, along with two other men, attacked a woman in Montagu Square, Westminster.

The woman was grabbed from behind and pressure was applied to her throat until she was unable to defend herself. The three men stole an expensive ear-ring and attempted to steal her Rolex watch and handbag, but they were unable to take the items from the victim due to her resistance and the assistance of members of the public.

Undeterred, Cooper and the two men attacked another woman in Hamilton Terrace, Maida Vale around a half hour later. Again the victim was attacked from behind and grabbed by the throat, and the three men made off with her handbag.

On November 26, at about 11pm, a woman sat in a car in Aberdare Gardens, Kentish Town was grabbed through the open car window by Copper and two other men. They dragged the woman out of the car and made off with her handbag.

On December 10, McLeod, together with at least three other men, attacked a woman at around 10pm in St John’s Wood. The group of men forced their way into the victim’s car and ripped ear-rings from her ears and also stolen a Rolex watch. The jewellery had a combined value of around £50,000.

Cooper and McLeod were associates who shared gang connections. Officers from Westminster Crime Squad established links between the four offences and set up Operation Ronay to target the suspects.

A stolen Audi was used by Cooper in all three offences, and this vehicle led to his arrest on January 7. McLeod was arrested three days later, and both were charged with conspiracy to rob along with two other men.

Dashaun Nicholas, 19, of West Kilburn was found not guilty of conspiracy and the case against a fourth man was discontinued.

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