Jailed: Armed robbers who focused British expats’ luxurious vehicles in Dordogne


embers of a gang of armed robbers who focused luxurious sports activities vehicles belonging to British expats within the Dordogne have been imprisoned after taking pictures an Englishman as he tried to defend his Aston Martin.

David Dunsby, 63, suffered a number of pellet wounds in the course of the assault at his dwelling within the village of Javerlhac-et-la-Chapelle-Saint-Robert, South West France, final 12 months.

Following a day-long trial, six males together with an English nationwide had been on Tuesday starting their sentences after being discovered responsible of “aggravated theft and concealment” of stolen property.

Karol Ciezynski, the 37-year-old who has admitted pulling the set off, was handed a three-year jail time period by judges sitting at Perigueux Legal Courtroom.

Toby Powell, who’s 22 and English, acquired a seven-month sentence, whereas Sokoi Auty, a Kosovan, received 18 months, and Guilhem Batard received six months.

Two different gang members had been sentenced to a complete of six months inside, with three suspended.

The gang of six had all been in search of ‘upmarket vehicles’ once they attacked Mr Dunsby.

He’s believed to be the daddy of the late Corporal James Dunsby, a British soldier who died aged 31 whereas on a route march testing would-be recruits to the Particular Air Service SAS reserves in 2013.

Ciezynski initially confronted an tried homicide cost following the taking pictures of Mr Dunsby, however this was later decreased to aggravated theft.

The court docket heard how Ciezynski pointed a shotgun at Mr Dunsby and demanded the keys to his Aston Martin sports activities automobile on March 7 2021.

Ciezynski claimed he “shot into the bottom” as a way to scare Mr Dunsby, however in actual fact he was hit by pellets in quite a few areas, together with the neck and chest.

Ballistics reviews submitted in court docket prompt Ciezynski’s mitigation “made no sense”, stated deputy prosecutor Stéphane Renard.

At one stage Ciezynski punched his sufferer, however insisted in court docket: “I didn’t wish to kill anybody.”

After getting maintain of the keys, the gang sped away, and the Aston Martin was later caught on velocity cameras driving at nearly 120mph. It was noticed parked up by police a number of days later.

Mr Dunsby was rushed to hospital and wanted an emergency operation to take away the pellets from his physique.

He has since been affected by post-traumatic stress dysfunction, in accordance with court docket proof,

Ciezynski and Powell admitted housebreaking, after DNA proof positioned them contained in the stolen automobile.

However they insisted their assault was carried out “on the spur of the second” whereas they had been excessive on alcohol and medicines, together with hashish and cocaine.

They stated they’d picked up the looking gun from a hiding place in woods near Javerlhac, and admitted carrying masks and gloves all through the assault.

Additional proof confirmed that the gang additionally stole a Chevrolet Corvette from a British couple within the village of La Chapelle-Montmoreau, the place additionally they took property valued at nearly £60,000.

Auty was described in court docket because the “director of operations” of the gang, which was primarily based within the Dordogne, an space of France massively fashionable with British expats and second dwelling house owners.

Auty was stated to have rewarded different gang members with provides of cocaine, in addition to earnings from the sale of the stolen vehicles.

In 2015, a British coroner highlighted “gross failures” inside the navy that led to the deaths of James Dunsby on a 16-mile route march within the Brecon Beacons, south Wales.

It was the most well liked day of the 12 months when Corporal Dunsby, 31, collapsed and died, together with Lance Corporals Craig Roberts and Edward Maher.

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