Stories behind the Danyaal Jewelers group with 350 crimes – “from career criminal to family man”

From a career criminal to a single man living with his mother – the five-man robbery gang that attacked Danyaal Jewelers is made up of a variety of thieves. John Gourlay, Justin Boylan, Trevor Leek, Arfan Latif and Hassan Zulfiqar are serving lengthy prison terms after being sentenced to 72-and-a-half years at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday.

The criminal quintet were found guilty of possessing an offensive weapon and conspiring to rob jewelers in Ladypool Road, Sparkbrook, in a heist that netted around £300,000. The raid, which took place on March 3 last year, was immediately followed by dramatic CCTV and mobile phone footage of the gang driving a stolen Toyota Hilux into the showroom.

Also memorable was the member of the group who acted as ‘crowd control’, carrying an ax up the street repeatedly shouting: “What?”

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This is not the first time that some of the defendants have gained notoriety for serious crimes. Between them, they have collected almost 350 previous crimes. Here’s everything we know about them.

John Gourlay

John Gourlay

John Gourlay was aptly described as a “career criminal” with 47 convictions for 180 offences. He was jailed in 2015 after he was revealed to be the ringleader of a series of robberies of cigarette delivery vans across the Midlands.

A botched attack at a Costco in Derby led to a massive police chase down the M42 when they were caught. Officers had to use CS spray on Gourlay after he threatened him with a baton. The gang committed 20 robberies and carjackings in less than a month.

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