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Gunman jailed

PUBLISHED: 14:49 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 16:02 25 August 2010

A CAR dealer has been jailed for 15 years after robbing security guards who were loading a supermarket cash machine.

A CAR dealer has been jailed for 15 years after robbing security guards who were loading a supermarket cash machine.

Disguised with a crash helmet, Stephen Dalligan, 48, of Caletock Way, Greenwich, threatened guard David Finnegan with a gun forcing his colleague Christopher Hanmore to open a cash machine on May 13 last year.

He made off with £10,000 from the cash machine at Asda in the Trinity Trading Estate in Sittingbourne, but was arrested 11 days later when police found £49,000 stashed in a shoe box in a BMW X5 which he had bought for £14,000 in cash.

Jailing him at Maidstone Crown Court on Tuesday, January 13, Judge Philip Statman told him the security guards had been put in fear of their lives, describing the raid as 'sophisticated' and 'carefully planned'.

He said: "You are prepared to take great risks to sustain a lifestyle which would not be available to you otherwise. You are someone well versed in crime. I regret to say I cannot see genuine remorse."

He received 15 years for robbery, five years for firearm possession, five years for false imprisonment and three years for concealing criminal property but the sentences will run concurrently.

Dalligan's co-accused, Chloe Brown, 23, from Lee, who had denied aiding and abetting Dalligan in the robbery and firearm charges was acquitted last month.

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk


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