Duo jailed for five years each after robbing Boston jewellery trader of £100,000 worth of stock

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Two men robbed a market trader of £100,000 worth of stock after confronting him outside his home, Lincoln Crown Court was told today (Thursday).

Fifty-six-year-old jewellery dealer Stephen James was targeted by Jamie Holland and Barnabas Wood just before 5am after he had loaded his van before setting off to Boston Market.

David Outterside, prosecuting, said that Mr James was pushed to the ground and Wood climbed into the driver’s seat of the van and drove away the vehicle which contained Mr James’ entire stock.

Mr James tried to hang onto the door but was forced to let go fearing he would be run over.

Holland, who was known to Mr James, ran from the scene and managed to escape. The van was driven to Benington where it was set on fire. The jewellery was never recovered.

Holland, 27, of White House Lane, Boston, and Wood, also 27, of Woodthorpe Avenue, Boston, each admitted robbery on November 3, 2012. They were each jailed for five years. Holland’s sentence will run consecutive to a 13 year jail sentence he is currently serving for an attempted robbery.

Judge Michael Heath told them that Mr James could easily have been killed in the incident.

The judge told the pair: “The effect on Mr James has been considerable and lasting. His van contained £100,000 worth of jewellery. It was his entire stock which has never been recovered.”

Holland’s former girlfriend Danielle Thorne, 22, of White House, Lane, Boston, admitted assisting an offender by giving him a false alibi when she told police he was in bed with her when the robbery took place. She was given a four month jail sentence suspended for two years with supervision and 60 hours of unpaid work.