AN ARMED robber jailed for 12-and-a-half years after a terrifying ‘smash and grab’ robbery at a Sheffield jeweller’s has been ordered to repay £504,000 of his ill-gotten gains.
Benjamin Murphy, aged 32 - a former training partner of boxer Ricky Hatton - was brought back to Sheffield Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act, five years after the raid at UK Bullion, Ecclesall Road, in July 2007.
The total value of items stolen in the raid by Murphy and three other criminals was £2.5 million.
Murphy has six months to pay up his share or serve an additional three years’ imprisonment on top of his lengthy sentence.
Graham Wragg, South Yorkshire Police economic crime unit manager, said: “Once again, this order proves that crime doesn’t pay. Criminals who profit from crime will be made to pay back that profit or face further terms of imprisonment.”
Murphy, of Sale, Greater Manchester, was jailed in July 2010 after pleading guilty to robbery. He had been on the run for two-and-a-half years after absconding from police bail.
He was recaptured after returning to Manchester after police believed he fled to Spain under a false name.
Sheffield Crown Court heard Murphy, who used to train with Hatton as a junior boxer from the age of 12 to 18, took part in the raid with his cousins Colin and Dean McCaffrey, and getaway driver William Rhodes. The four, all from Greater Manchester, were arrested later in 2007.
When the McCaffreys and Rhodes were sentenced in June 2008 after pleading guilty to the robbery, Judge Robert Moore offered Murphy the chance to give himself up and he would face no extra punishment.
But he never came forward.
Colin McCaffrey, 23, and Dean McCaffrey, 22, were each jailed for 14 years - reduced to 10 on appeal - and Rhodes was given six.
In previous Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings, the McCaffreys were ordered to repay more than £1 million between them and Rhodes a lesser sum.
Nobody from UK Bullion was available to comment about the order against Murphy.