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Bank ram raid thief fails in jail appeal bid
8:10pm Thursday 5th December 2013 in News
A ‘CAREER criminal’ jailed after a botched attempt to ram raid a garage cash machine has failed in his bid to appeal against the six year sentence.
Bosa Igbinovia, aged 30, was one of a gang of three who used a stolen 4x4 in an attempt to rip the ATM from the wall of the garage on Manchester Road, in March last year.
Police found him hiding nearby. He was arrested and later jailed for attempted theft at Chester Crown Court in February.
On Tuesday, Igbinovia, from Liverpool, tried to overturn the sentence at the Court of Appeal in London.
He claimed the jail term was too long because of time already served in custody.
He was told by top judges he ‘deserved every day’ of his punishment.
The appeal was rejected by Mrs Justice Thirlwall, Lord Justice Gross and Judge Anthony Leonard QC.
"This was a determined, professional attempt to steal a very large quantity of cash," said Mrs Justice Thirlwall.
The court heard the men's first attempt to dislodge the machine, pulling it with the Toyota Land Cruiser, failed when the tow-rope came loose.
They tried again, ramming the machine and pulling part of it away.
But they made too much noise and police were soon on the scene.
Officers chased the men into a cemetery, and Igbinovia was found hiding in a builder's yard nearby.
He denied the offence during police interview, claiming he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Forensic evidence from his clothes showed he had been involved in the raid.
Igbinovia was on licence after serving prison time for a previous bank raid at the time of the latest offence, the court heard.
Rejecting his appeal, Mrs Justice Thirlwall said the fact he was in jail for 11 months before he was sentenced was his own fault for committing an offence while on licence from a previous crime.
"These were two separate punishments for separate offences, years apart," she said.
"This sentence was severe, but it wasn't in our judgment manifestly excessive."
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