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Bank manager jailed for 100k inside job

JAILED: Christabelle Amoah

A HALIFAX Bank Branch Manager who helped organise an armed bank robbery in her own South London branch along with six accomplices, has been jailed for 12 years.

In July 2010, Christabelle Amoah, 28, deliberately timed putting out rubbish at the Mitcham branch, so that two men armed with handguns could force their way in through the rear door.

Wayne Sefaah, 27, and Lee Palmer, 33, who were disguised as workmen as a part of the elaborate 'inside job', threatened bank workers and terrified customers by forcing them to lie on the ground, while a member of bank staff was threatened and told to open the door to the counter and safe area.

The pair grabbed £100,000 in cash from the safe, stuffing it into sports holdalls before making their getaway in a van parked outside, driven by Jeffrey Amoah, 23.

CONVICTED: K Seffah and Lee Palmer

The court also heard that the two other accomplices, Daisy Owusu-Henewah, 30, and Kevin Sefaah, 25, were instrumental in organsing the heist by acting as a 'go-between' the robbers and Amoah.

Despite all of the suspects denying any involvement in the robbery, evidence pieced together by ‘Flying Squad’ officers from the Metropolitan Police, linked the group.

Palmer and Wayne Sefaah were sentenced 15 years for conspiracy to rob and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm.

Amoah was jailed for 13 years for conspiracy to rob and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm, while Owusu-Henewah was jailed for 8 years and Kevin Sefaah was jailed for 10 years for conspiracy to rob and two counts of possession of an imitation firearm.

Flying Squad Detective Constable, Stuart Crawford believes the sentences will act as a deterrent.

He said: "It took a lot of hard work from Flying Squad officers to unravel what was a very planned bank robbery that involved disguises, synchronized movements and false identities."

HEIST: W Seffah and J Amoah

He added: "The sight of two men waving handguns making threats must have been terrifying for all those people present in the branch that day going about their daily business. I would like to take this opportunity to praise their bravery in coming forward to give evidence."

"The Flying Squad and Metropolitan police will relentlessly pursue all those involved in such crimes and bring them to justice. The sentences issued today sends out a clear message of the severity of the offences committed and I hope these will serve as a warning."

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