Lee Murray previously suspected of role in murder

source: bbc.co.uk
 

Lee Murray has been jailed for 10 years in Morocco for his part in the £53m (US $78,000,000) Securitas robbery in Kent in February 2006.

Last year his best friend Paul Allen was jailed in the UK for 18 years for his role in the crime, which was Britain's biggest robbery, and five other men have been convicted and jailed.

Not only did Kent Police and prosecutor Sir John Nutting QC point to Murray as the mastermind of the raid, but most of the defendants also sought to shift the blame on him.

Roger Coutts, later jailed for at least 15 years for his part in the robbery, told the Old Bailey: "Lee Murray has security firms, he runs doormen, he has flash cars and he is a well known drug dealer, everyone knows it. He's a gangster."

David Jeremy QC, for the Crown, said: "He sounds quite a flamboyant figure, a bit of an extrovert, with his yellow Ferrari and page-three girls".

Hardened by a tough childhood, Murray took up the extreme martial art of cage-fighting, which was brought to Britain in the 1990s.

His first fight was in 1999 - against Alex Reid, who is now married to model Katie Price - and his reputation in Britain's Cage Rage tournament was boosted in 2002 when he knocked out world champion Tito Ortiz outside a London nightclub, the court heard.

In 2004 he challenged the American Jorge Rivera at UFC 46 in Las Vegas.

Murray returned victorious and in November 2004 was matched against Brazil's Anderson Silva, who has since gone on to be one of the world's best pound-for-pound fighters. Murray went the distance but lost.

However soon afterwards Murray was convicted of committing grievous bodily harm in a road rage attack.

This led to a refusal by the US authorities to give him a visa, which prevented him fighting in America and making the breakthrough to the big-money fights.

Murray was also arrested and questioned twice in connection with the murder of Sabina Rizvi, 25, shot dead in Bexleyheath, Kent, in March 2003 after her boyfriend was involved in a row over a car.

One man, Paul Asbury, was later jailed for life for the murder, but police believe others were involved and confirmed Murray had been a suspect.

After a trial in Morocco he was jailed for 10 years for the Securitas robbery.

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