Jewellery burglar, 21, who was part of gang which stole £500,000 of gems in raids on more than 70 homes is ordered to pay back just £1 as court hears he is penniless with no assets
Michael Casey, 21, was part of a family crime gang operating out of a travellers’ site which burgled more than 70 주택
A burglar whose gang stole more than £500,000 of jewellery has been ordered to pay back just £1.
Michael Casey, 21, was part of a family 범죄 gang operating out of a travellers’ site in Swansea Vale which burgled more than 70 주택.
Casey profited by more than £120,000 from his part in the coordinated break-ins which involved using stolen cars to travel between crime scenes.
Casey spent two years on the run from police before eventually being arrested and jailed for four years his part in the jewellery heists.
어제, he appeared at Swansea Crown Court for a proceeds of crime hearing to claw back his ill-gotten gains – but despite the haul of hundreds of thousands of pounds – Casey was said to be penniless with no assets available.
None of the goods from the raids across South Wales were ever recovered.
Swansea Crown Court heard Casey had made around £121,117.89 from his role in the thefts along with his uncles and cousins.
But he was ordered to pay back a nominal fee as financial investigators came up empty handed.
A previous hearing was told the gang operated out of the ‘unofficial’ travellers site in Swansea Vale which was raided by 200 police officers in January 2019.
Casey appeared at Swansea Crown Court (사진) yesterday for a proceeds of crime hearing, which heard he was penniless with no assets available
It took police two more years to track down fugitive Casey, who grew up in Ireland, who was found hiding by police at a travellers site in Leicester.
He later pleaded guilty to conspiracy to burgle and was jailed for four years.
Eugene Hickey said: ‘He fell under the entirely corrosive influence of his older and more criminally inclined uncles and cousins.’
‘He should have known better.’
Judge Paul Thomas ordered Casey must pay a nominal fee of £1 but said his future assets could be recovered.