(I can’t see why two GQ-looking guys stuck out in Morocco.)
The man who admitted to being former UFC fighter Lee Murray‘s right-hand man in the Securitas depot robbery four years ago that netted "Lightning" and his team the equivalent of $85 million USD, was sentenced on Monday to 18 years behind bars for his part in the mega heist.
0-0-1 former MMA fighter Paul "The Enforcer" Allen, who was handed over to British authorities in 2008 after being arrested in Morocco with Murray in 2006 pled guilty to charges of conspiracy to kidnap, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to possess a firearm and was sentenced to nearly double the years in jail as Lee, who was identified as the mastermind behind the spectacular robbery.
The well-planned out heist that saw Murray, disguised with a prosthetic nose and chin and dressed as a police officer kidnap the security depot’s manager and his family at gunpoint before cleaning out a number of vaults from the previously thought to be uncompromisable money storage depot.
Murray was tried and found guilty in London in absence as he sat in jail in Morocco where he has been since he and Allen were arrested for trying to import cocaine four years ago. He was sentenced to ten years in one of the country’s prisons. His sentence could be cut short by Moroccan judicial authorities, which has led to speculation that Lee may be able to buy his way out of jail using a portion of the reported $50 million he is said to have hidden in his father’s homeland, where he was declared a citizen in 2008 after petitioning the courts and possibly lining their pockets as well.
The accomplices in the heist with lesser roles were handed stiff sentences of 15 years with 10 to be served before parole will even be considered.
Here’s an account of Allen and Lee’s time on the lam spent partying for four months following the robbery as published in the UK paper, The Sun:
"They staged nightly coke and champagne orgies with prostitutes at a £1million villa they shared. Murray blew a fortune on other properties and flash cars as loot from the blag was laundered in casinos and invested in narcotics. The chums thought nothing of splurging on boob jobs and cosmetic surgery for their molls – splashing out £17,000."
I think they may have Lee mistaken with Chuck Liddell…