Garage owner involved in luxury car smuggling ring escapes prison sentence

Garage owner involved in luxury car smuggling ring escapes prison sentence

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Katherine Denham

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Garage owner involved in luxury car smuggling ring escapes prison sentence
Andrew Murray
A garage owner who was involved in an international luxury car smuggling ring that raked in an estimated £5million has escaped a custodial sentence.

Andrew Murray, 50, of Bannard Road, Maidenhead, received a 12-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, and 250 hours community service at Reading Crown Court this morning.

Murray was found guilty of conspiring to steal vehicles following a trial at Reading Crown Court in June.

Judge Richard Parkes QC said Murray had been ‘less culpable’ than his co-defendants and – unlike the other defendants – he had no previous record of dishonesty.

Murray’s accomplices in the car smuggling ring: Khalid Mahmood, 35, of Duffield Lane, in Stoke Poges, Irfan Rehman, 41, of New Bedford Road in Luton, and Amran Iqbal, 39, of Derby Road in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, were all given between three and five years imprisonment last month.

“You allowed yourself to be swayed by these professional thieves to prepare these vehicles for car theft,” said Judge Parkes.

“But your involvement was limited.”

The judge took into account that Murray’s business, formerly Berkshire High Performance in Reform Road, had suffered greatly over recent months, losing two contracts worth a total of £170,000 a year.

He said: “At this moment your life has been ruined by your decision to be involved with Mahmood’s professional gang.

“But in my judgement your decision was out of character.”

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