Four men found guilty in connection with armed raid in Canterbury

Four men have been found guilty of an armed raid on a house in Canterbury.

The four men were convicted at Canterbury Crown Court on Wednesday 6 December 2017 following a trial lasting seven days.

During the early hours of Wednesday 2 November 2016, residents living near to the property in Edgar Road, Canterbury, called police after hearing sounds of banging and smashing glass.

A group of men were seen loading items into a Ford transit van outside the property and when officers from Kent Police approached, the van mounted the pavement and drove at one of the police officers. The officer was able to move out of the way to avoid being seriously hurt, but was clipped by the van as it passed by.

The burglars abandoned the van in Haverlock Street and started on foot.

Two were found and arrested in Duck Lane, 28-year-old Kerem Bedensel and 20-year-old Reneo Shehu, who was found in possession of cocaine.

Kerem Bedensel
Credit: Kent Police

A police dog found the other two men, Osman Elmi, 26 of Finsbury Road, Wood Green, and Androen Lafetaj, 23, of no fixed address, as they hid under vehicles in Queningate car park.

At the scene near Lafetaj a Beretta handgun was found, and as officers continued to search the area, further items such as gloves, hats, mobile phones and more tubes of cocaine were found. The property they had targeted was found to contain a number of cannabis plants along with cultivation equipment.

At court Elmi was found guilty of burglary, and sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Osman Elmi
Credit: Kent Police

Bedensel, of Partridge Way, Wood Green, London was found guilty of burglary, dangerous driving, and driving while disqualified. He was sentenced to a total of 18 months in prison and received a driving ban of three years.

Lafetaj failed to appear in court, and in his absence was found guilty of aggravated burglary, possession of a firearm and possession of cocaine.

Shehu, of no fixed address, also failed to appear in court, and in his absence was found guilty of aggravated burglary and possession of cocaine.

Both Lefetaj and Shehu will be sought for arrest in order to bring them to court for sentencing at a later date.

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