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And So It Ends: Lee Murray Sentenced to 10 Years in Moroccan Prison


("Oh Tito, I knew you’d come around.")

BBC News is reporting that former UFC middleweight fighter-turned bank robber, Lee Murray was sentenced to ten years in prison in Morocco for his part in an armed £53,116,760 (about $92.5 million US) Securitas money depot heist in Kent, England in February 2006.


If you are unfamiliar with the story here’s a synopsis of what went down, courtesy of Neatorama:

"HOW THEY DID IT: Picture this: You’re driving along a road in Stockbury, England, when the whirring sirens of an unmarked police car startle you from your evening commute. You roll down your window and chipper police officer tells you he needs to speak with you – in his vehicle. Oops, you’ve just been kidnapped. That’s how Colin Dixon was unwittingly reeled into one of the biggest heists of the century. The crooks handcuffed Dixon – a manager at the Securitas cash collection and money transport company – and told him his family would be killed if he didn’t comply. Meanwhile, fellow gang members abducted Dixon’s wife and son, posing once again as police offices with a fake story about “an accident involving your husband”. The manager led the thieves to the Securitas depot in Tonbridge, where the criminals- wielding guns and cloaked in knit caps – accosted another 14 employees and made off with a giant trick full of loot. While the event was certainly traumatic for all the victims, fortunately, no one was injured.
HOW THEY GOT CAUGHT: Good old-fashioned police work. Apparently, it takes a lot of accomplices to stage multiple kidnappings. In total, investigators have arrested about 30 people in connection with the crime, including drivers, face police, a car dealer, a salesman, a roofer, and a hairdresser named Kim Shackleton. Guess where she’s headed?"

The majority of those involved in the crime, who have since been arrested, fingered Murray as the mastermind, but since the English-born fighter also had Moroccan citizenship, he fled to the North African country to escape prosecution. Eventually, he was arrested as part of an exchange deal that saw an alleged terrorist thought to be responsible for the 2003 Casablanca bombings returned to Morocco from Britain for prosecution.

A prison escape by Murray was foiled last June when an inmate ratted him out for having a number of small saws, a laptop computer and a quantity of "hard drugs" in his cell, discovered when the prisoner broke into it to steal some of his belongings.

Less than half of the stolen money, the remainder of which is thought to be hidden in the Middle East, has been recovered.

According to the BBC report, it is thought that Murray wore a prosthetic device on his face to disguise his identity as he posed as one of the police officers who ambushed the depot manager and abducted his wife and child.

Although prosecutors say he was the boss of the operation and seemed to be very precise and organized in planning and executing the operation, one little mistake he made actually may have sealed Murray’s fate.

"Murray is also believed to have been the robber dubbed "Stopwatch" by detectives because he was seen on the CCTV tape bossing the gang around and timing their every move.

He organised the raid with military precision and ensured the gang left the depot after being on site for less than an hour.

Murray inadvertently provided key evidence for police when he crashed his car shortly before the robbery, and fled the scene leaving his mobile phone in the vehicle. He had accidentally pressed the record button on the handset during a conversation about the robbery with fellow plotter Lea Rusha, which was later recovered and used by prosecutors."

At least we’ll always have Lee’s epic streetfighing stories, since we’ll likely never see him fight again inside a cage, unless the UFC starts an oldtimers division some time before he’s released in 2020.



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curiositykilledthegoldfish- November 25, 2010 at 6:06 am
This would make such a great film.
macreadysshack- June 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm
Unfortunatelym I think an escape attempt pretty much nullifies any 'time served' privileges .
aaronb- June 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm
Lee has already spent 4 years inside. Surely he gets credit for time served?
macreadysshack- June 2, 2010 at 11:07 am
Noooooooooo . . . Murray is a fucking character. Why they gotta lock up cool as shit outlaw badasses?

I hope to hell Murray escapes. I'd like to fucking help him.
Mike Russell- June 2, 2010 at 9:38 am
 @SuloevSuperstarWho said "Morocco" was in the Middle East?"The majority of those involved in the crime, who have since been arrested, fingered Murray as the mastermind, but since the English-born fighter also had Moroccan citizenship, he fled to the North African country to escape prosecution. Eventually, he was arrested as part of an exchange deal that saw an alleged terrorist thought to be responsible for the 2003 Casablanca bombings returned to Morocco from Britain for prosecution."
ReX13- June 2, 2010 at 9:02 am
2daDeath & rlh61>> Running Man is a top shelf Arnie flick. They bastardized the hell out of Stephen King, but it was still awesome.

+1s to both for nostalgia
SuloevSuperstar- June 2, 2010 at 8:37 am
So...Marroco is now in the middle-east...

I think your Justin Biebers world Jigsaw puzzle is lying to you bro' !!
J-Dog- June 2, 2010 at 7:34 am
Shit this sounds like a good old-fashioned crime caper movie. Someone needs to put this on the big screen. Jason Statham as Murray. Straight-to-DVD or summer blockbuser? Hmm....
ytrebil- June 2, 2010 at 6:07 am
Not a good idea Frank. Murray would kill 'em all. :(
fatbellyfrank- June 2, 2010 at 5:27 am
Maybe he could join a "Stable of Studs" with War Machine, Junie Browning, Harold Howard, hell throw paulo Filho and Semtex daley into the mix!!!!!
Fuck, how depressing, I think I just named the IFC card
ytrebil- June 2, 2010 at 4:40 am
For fights he would dress up in an orange boiler suit and mask in the style of Hannibal Lecter, the serial killer from the book and film Silence of the Lambs.
fatbellyfrank- June 2, 2010 at 3:28 am
^^ Yeah, with an ice pick to the eye socket! he is fucken hardcore mofo's
ytrebil- June 2, 2010 at 2:28 am
There’s no shadow of a doubt that Lee Murray isn’t a particular nice guy, but Jesus Christ, he has to be one of the baddest men walking this planet? I’d love to see him in the UFC. Sure, he’s a black eye to the sport, but he would probably wipe out the middleweight division with Silva aside… or maybe even take Silva?
fatbellyfrank- June 2, 2010 at 1:21 am
^its just such an easy target (Titos head, jennas vag, almost imposible to miss)
williamwallace- June 2, 2010 at 1:03 am
I don't see why people keep bringing up Tito vs Ho Bag, it's not like it was even a big deal. I'm sure shes been smacked around by bigger dicks than Tito.
Angry Whopper- June 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm
That's a helluva fight of the night bonus.
fatbellyfrank- June 1, 2010 at 8:30 pm
@2DaDeath, rip off, schmip off, this is Hollywood dude, this 'll make a great straight to DVD blockbuster
2DaDeath- June 1, 2010 at 8:12 pm
@ FBF and RLH:

Yeah, i totally ripped off The Running Man.

"I live to see you eat that contract, but I hope you leave enough room for my fist because I'm going to ram it into your stomach and break your god-damn spine! "
Tai-Pan- June 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm
Take notes Chael, this is gangster.
leonard cohen- June 1, 2010 at 7:52 pm
Lee Murray is about the coolest guy on earth. He's done everything I've always wanted to do. Rob a bank, win in the UFC, and you know he's got some ass hangin around. Oh yea and stomp on Tito's head.
HEY- June 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Unreal. I can't believe he actually plotted that and put it together. And he would have gotten away too, if it weren't for those pesky kids!

10 years, 45 mil and retire is right.

Amazing.
rlh61- June 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm
Sure thing, FBF. Same here...take away the whole pro-wrestling thing and I don't mind Austin at all.
fatbellyfrank- June 1, 2010 at 7:19 pm
@RLH thanks dude, I din't mind that flick actually
Almost North- June 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm
Hes probably reading CP right now from jail. 45 Mil buys a lot of replacement laptops. Hi Lee!
fatbellyfrank- June 1, 2010 at 7:18 pm
yeah but thats 10 years in a Morrocan prison, he'll walk out of there with a rectum like Jenna's vag
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