Pistol-whipping Asda robbers sentenced

Parminder Bharij, 30

Parminder Bharij, 30 - Credit: Archant

A gang of robbers who pistol whipped an employee and stole almost £80,000 from an ASDA supermarket have been sentenced.

Hassan Hussyein, 25

Hassan Hussyein, 25 - Credit: Archant

Parminder Bharij, 30, of Woolwich Road, Greenwich, who had been demoted from his previous role as a cashier to in-store baker, helped Fabian Campbell, 26, of Slagrove Place, Lewisham, and Hassan Hussyein, 25 of Southend Lane, Beckenham, plan the robbery at the Clapton Common branch in Stoke Newington on February 4.

Bharij, 30 was sentenced to nine years imprisonment, Campbell to 15 years and Hussyein to 13 years at the Old Bailey yesterday, and all were ordered to pay a £120 victim surcharge.

All three were found guilty of conspiracy to commit robbery on Monday May 11.

On February 4 just before 11.30pm, Campbell, Hussyein and another person - who has still not been identified - parked at the back of the shop and went in through the rear staff entrance, to the loading bay.

Fabian Campbell, 26

Fabian Campbell, 26 - Credit: Archant

Inside they attacked a 52-year-old employee, pushing him to the floor and holding a gun to his head, demanding he take them to the shop office. Fearing for his life, he did as they asked.

Whilst in the office, a 23-year-old employee walked in on them.

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The robbers grabbed him and demanded he open the safe in the cash room next door.

When he initially resisted, one of the men pistol-whipped him and sprayed CS gas into his eyes.

Once the victim opened the safe, one of the gang unloaded around £80,000 cash into a hold-all, while the others continued to assault him.

The gang tied up both men and made their escape, tying a 30-year old male employee to a stock trolley in the loading bay on their way out, before making their getaway by car.

The victims were treated for shock, and the 23-year-old was taken to hospital with head injuries but discharged himself the following morning.

DC Andy Terry, from the Flying Squad who led the investigation, said: “The gang plotted a raid on the supermarket using Bharij’s knowledge of its layout, staffing and the work patterns to help them.

“They demonstrated their willingness to be violent to the staff who were just going about their usual work that night but will now doubtless spend the rest of their lives recalling this horrific incident.”