One of two men who robbed an antiques dealer of a rhino horn in an attack which left the victim in hospital for weeks has been jailed.
Daniel O'Brien, 43, of Orchard Drive, Cottenham, Cambridge, had
admitted the robbery and driving a getaway vehicle, and was
sentenced to 16 months in prison when he appeared at Nottingham
Crown Court on February 17.
He was one of two men who arranged to meet the dealer in the car
park of a McDonald's restaurant in Newark on June 11, 2011, with a
view to buying the horn, said to be worth about £20,000.
Last year, his accomplice Michael Kealy, 27, of Abbeylands,
Askeaton, Co Limerick, was found guilty of robbery by joint
enterprise, extradited from Ireland, and sentenced to prison.
The meeting had been set up via another antiques dealer who had
put the victim in contact with the pair. When a scuffle broke out
and the pair made off with the horn, the dealer clung to their
vehicle. He was thrown to the ground, suffering bruising to the
brain, cuts and a fractured wrist which required several weeks of
Kealy was arrested in 2011 while attempting to board a ferry in
Harwich, Essex. O'Brien was arrested in Cambridge but then fled and
was re-arrested after European law enforcement agency EuroPol
traced him to Alicante Airport in October 2013.
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