Islington Gang member jailed for five year for strong of Burglaries

A 19 year-old man who was part of a gang who committed a string of aggravated burglaries in mobile phone shops in east and north London has been jailed.

Jack Hennessy, 19 of Roseleigh Avenue, Islington was sentenced to five years and three months’ imprisonment on Thursday, 15 March, at Blackfriars Crown Court.

Hennessy pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary at the same court on 7 February.

At around 05:00hrs on 17 August 2016, Hennessy arrived outside a mobile phone shop in High Road, Haringey with three other men on two mopeds. Hennessy and another man used a concrete block to break the shutter and glass to gain entry, whilst the other two men waited on the mopeds outside.

Once inside, they stole a number of phones. Police arrived on the scene having been alerted by members of the public and arrested Hennessy for burglary and possession of a knife which was approximately six inches long and concealed within his waistband.

On 11 October Hennessy was charged with conspiracy to commit aggravated burglary for his involvement in the series of linked offences.

Detective Sergeant Danny Watts, of the North Area Tasking Team, said: “Hennessy was amongst a group of dangerous men who targeted a chain of mobile phone shops across central and east London.

“The Judge has handed down a robust sentence and it sends a clear message to criminals engaged in crimes using mopeds – if you commit such an offence we will find you and prosecute you, and if convicted, you could be looking at a long time inside.”

Hennessy is the 11th male to be convicted for 17 aggravated burglaries in mobile phone stores across east and north London. These took place between May and November 2016. The gang stole phones and tablets and caused significant damage to the mobile phone stores. The total cost of phones and damage to the properties is estimated to exceed £1.3million.