Friday 23 March 2018

London riots: Millionaire’s daughter accused of stealing €5,000 in electronic goods

Margaret Davis and Arj Singh

A millionaire's daughter appeared in court today accused of stealing £5,000 (€5,700)-worth of electronic goods in the recent riots.

Laura Johnson, 19, faces five charges of burglary after the haul was found in a car that she was allegedly driving.

A branch of Comet in Charlton, south east London, was raided during the unrest that swept across England last month, and stock including televisions and mobile phones was stolen.

The teenager appeared today at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court, in south London, supported by her parents.

Wearing a long grey cardigan, jeans and brown boots, she sat in the well of the court during the brief hearing.

Her parents are reportedly millionaires, and Johnson was a high-flying student at Newstead Wood School in Bromley, south east London, before going to the University of Exeter.

She was released on conditional bail to appear at Inner London Crown Court on October 5.

Johnson must observe a curfew between 7pm and 6am, which is monitored by an electronic tag, and is not allowed to enter London except to visit her lawyers and attend court.

She must also live and sleep at her parents' address in Orpington, south east London.

After the hearing, a man accompanying Johnson forced a path through journalists waiting outside the court building.

She is accused along with Alexander Elliot-Joahill, 18, who will appear at Camberwell Green Magistrates' Court next Wednesday, and a 17-year-old who cannot be named for legal reasons, who will appear at the same court on the following day.

In separate proceedings, another young person pleaded guilty to handling stolen goods during the riots.

Unemployed Julian Revere Warner, 25, of Cotton Close, Leytonstone, east London, appeared at Wood Green Crown Court in north London charged with handling thousands of pounds worth of stolen electrical items, including large screen 3D televisions, Apple Mac computers and laptops, which belonged to Dixons Retail Group.

He will be sentenced on October 12.

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