Two suspects wanted in the knifepoint robbery of Mark Cavendish ‘not in custody’, court said

Two suspects wanted in the knifepoint robbery of Mark Cavendish ‘not in custody’, court said

Two suspects wanted in the knifepoint robbery of Mark Cavendish ‘not in custody’, court said

Detectives have been unable to find two suspects who are wanted in a knife-point robbery at the home of Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish, a court heard.

Officials said the couple had not been “detained by police” and that investigations to find them were “sensitive”.

Masked intruders armed with knives broke into Cavendish’s home in the early morning hours of November 27, 2021, while he was sleeping with his wife Peta and their 3-year-old son, prosecutor Edward Renvoize told jurors.

Two other men deny two charges of robbery over the raid in the Ongar area of ​​Essex and are on trial at Chelmsford Crown Court.

A third man admitted to two counts of robbery at an earlier hearing and will be sentenced, but officers have been unable to locate a fourth and fifth men, who have been named as suspects.

Detective Constable Brian Eagling said suspects Jo Jobson and George Goddard had not been located, adding that investigations to find them were “sensitive”.

He told the jury: “Although they have not been taken into custody by the police, the prosecution says it is quite clear from the evidence that they were involved, but of course they are not asked to render verdicts on them.”

Suspects identified from communications data

Renvoize said Ali Sesay, 28, of Holding Street, Rainham, east London, who pleaded guilty to two counts of robbery at an earlier hearing, “managed to leave his DNA on Peta Cavendish’s phone.”

“The police began to examine the communications made by Mr. Sesay’s phone and, from there, the prosecution says, it was possible to identify the people who had been in contact with Mr. Sesay,” he said.

“And upon further investigation, where those phones attributed to other people had been, where they had traveled and where they had returned.”

DNA swab returned ‘mixed profile’

Detective Constable Eagling agreed with Mr. Renvoize that suspects Jobson and Goddard were identified from communications data.

Renvoize said a DNA sample was taken from Cavendish’s arm, where she was held by one of the assailants, and that it had returned a “mixed profile”.

The prosecutor added that the “overwhelming inference” from the findings was that “George Goddard was one of the persons who entered the property and touched Mark Cavendish.”

Earlier in the trial, the court heard that the robbers “jumped on” Mr. Cavendish and one “threatened to stab him in front of his children”.

The couple was awakened by a noise in the early hours of the morning, the jury heard.

The thieves left with two Richard Mille watches.

Renvoize said the thieves made off with two Richard Mille watches, valued at £400,000 and £300,000 respectively.

Romario Henry, 31, of Bell Green, Lewisham, South East London, and Oludewa Okorosobo, 28, of Flaxman Road, Camberwell, South London, deny two charges of theft and are on trial.

They are charged with robbing Cavendish of a watch, phone and safe, and robbing the athlete’s wife of a watch, phone and suitcase.

Renvoize said Okorosobo told police he “had no knowledge of the robbery, said he had never been to the location, said he would not be able to commit the crime due to a leg injury he had sustained.”

“He said he didn’t have his phone and he had to pay to get it back,” Renvoize said.

“It did not expand on the information that it provided through a written statement.”

Henry was arrested on December 18, 2021, and refused to answer police questions, the attorney said.

Archangelo Power, for Henry, said his client accepts that the phone number investigators attributed to him was his.

Power said Henry also agrees to be in one of the vehicles and to be at Cavendish’s address, “but not on the property.”

The trial continues.

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