Betting shop robbers jailed

Jonathan Ochola
Jonathan Ochola
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A ROBBER who wrote about raiding a bookies shop in his diary has been jailed for three years.

Jonathan Ochola had been the getaway driver for his friend Rashad Delawala who held up the Ladbrokes in Albert Road, Southsea, with an imitation gun.

The 21-year-old was busted after police found his diary with an entry for June 12 stating: ‘Go Portsmouth robbery happens.’

Ochola, of Cambeys Road in Dagenham, Essex, was found guilty of robbery after a trial.

Delawala, 21, of Canterbury Avenue, Ilford, Essex, pleaded guilty to robbery and possession of an imitation firearm and was given credit for his early guilty plea. He was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Judge Roger Hetherington, at Portsmouth Crown Court, said: ‘This was a serious robbery of betting shop premises with an imitation gun used to threaten the manager of the shop.

‘Two tills were emptied, and I think there was only a few hundred pounds there, but you weren’t to know how much was there and no doubt there was an expectation it would be considerably more.’

Det Con Mel Sinclair said: ‘This was quite an unusual albeit serious case.’