Thursday, 23 October 2014

Does Killing People Stop Armed Robbers?

The answer to this question, of course, is that it never will.  Donald Neilson was a prime example of that.  Another man was John Hinton, a career criminal.  Hinton was part of a team that robbed a Co-op dairy in Mitcham, South London in 1962.  A man was killed.  Hinton was sentenced to life, but as in many fairy tales involving the Parole Board, he was released on strict licence in 1978.  Did this curb his criminality?  No!!! In March 1978, just weeks after being released, Hinton and a man called Alan Roberts, targeted a Hatton Garden jeweller, Leo Grunhut.  They attacked him as he left his home in Golders Green.  Hinton shot Roberts by mistake, in the thigh, badly wounding him.  Mr Grunhut then made a break for it, to get back in his home.  Hinton cold bloodedly shot him in the back.  The haul came to £3000 cash, and over £250,000 in jewels.  He took his wounded partner to a South London garage but Roberts died from loss of blood.  Hinton buried him in an embankment in Dartford.  Leo Grunhut died from his injuries four weeks later.  Hinton was never caught for this.

    Hinton was put on trial in 1981 and faced seven robbery, an attempted robbery plus two conspiracy charges for which he received fourteen years.  He managed to escape from a prison in Portsmouth, Kingston, in October 1990 and went to Brighton and carried out a £90,000 jewellry raid.  Then after the Brighton raid, he found himself a partner, and in December 1990, they robbed a jewellers in Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, London.  The haul came to £420,000, after they terrorised the shop owners.  Hinton fired shots at them as the brothers chased him, but Police were quickly on the scene and they overpowered him.  Hinton was jailed for life in 1991.  He may have been in his early sixties, but this was a very dangerous man, who had no hesitation in committing murder.  Strange how, despite a robbery involving a murder, 1963, did not come under a Capital charge - Murder in the furtherance of theft.  One Bradford man was executed in 1959 on this charge, yet in 1962, two men killed a man in his home, in Cutler Heights, Bradford, as their intention was to rob it.  Surely this was Murder in the furtherance of theft, but no, they were jailed for life.  The crime was not a Capital crime.  These are some of the examples of twisted legal wranglings since Sidney Silverman had the Homicide Act(1957) introduced as law.