EPT Berlin heist trial begins

EPT Berlin heist trial begins

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The trial of four young men accused of carrying out the daring raid on the EPT event in Berlin in March has begun at Berlin state court. Three of the quartet have reportedly admitted serious robbery and assault charges but refused to divulge the location of the missing €240,000.

The court heard how the gang planned to steal the money from guards carrying the cash at the end of the day's play but the plan changed when the alleged leader, a 31-year-old who was playing in the casino, urged them to strike earlier.

The gang, brandishing machetes and handguns threatened staff and security before making off with the cash.

Court spokeswoman Petra Carl revealed that a 21-year-old could face up to 15 years in prison for his role in the raid. Sentences for the three remaining twenty year olds would be dependant on whether the judge tries them as juveniles of adults.

Two other men, who are alleged to have masterminded the plot, have been charged separately and are set to go on trial later this year.

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