Three men are remanded in custody after being charged with robbing boxer Amir Khan at gunpoint for his £72,000 watch in ‘organised attack’
- Khan, 35, and his wife were attacked outside Sahara Grill in Leyton on April 18
- Ahmed Bana, 25, Nurul Amin, 24, and Dante Campbell, 20, have been charged
- Police made several arrests yesterday on suspicion of robbery and having a gun
- CCTV showed two men ran towards boxer in street, with one pointing a gun
Three people are due to appear in court after former boxing world champion Amir Khan was allegedly robbed at gunpoint.
The Metropolitan Police said Ahmed Bana, 25, Nurul Amin, 24, and Dante Campbell, 20, have been remanded in custody after being charged over the incident in Leyton, east London, in April.
All three appeared at Thames Magistrates’ Court today.
Scotland Yard said all three suspects, from north London, have been charged with conspiracy to commit robbery.
Bana and Campbell have also been charged with possession of an imitation firearm.
Campbell has also been charged with possessing an imitation firearm with intent to cause fear of violence, and possession of ammunition for a firearm without a certificate.
Former boxing champion Khan, 35, was with his wife Faryal on High Road in Leyton at around 9.15pm on April 18 when he was allegedly approached by some men who threatened him with a gun before stealing his £70,000 watch.
Amir Khan and his wife Faryal Makhdoom at Indigo at the O2 in London in 2019
CCTV footage showed the couple leaving the restaurant before the incident
The 35-year-old boxer and his wife were attacked outside the Sahara Grill in Leyton on April 18 where robbers made off with his diamond-encrusted Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph (pictured)
Prosecutor Cathryn Evans described the incident as a ‘violent gun-enabled’ and ‘organised attack’.
She said: ‘This was a violent street robbery committed against a complainant who is a former professional boxer.
‘He was robbed of a watch valued over £70,000. He was with his wife and friend when he was approached.
‘People got out of a car and a gun was put to him, he was threatened with a gun.
‘His friend was also threatened with a gun.’
Ms Evans alleged that Amin was the ‘spotter’ while Bana was the getaway driver.
She claimed ‘viable’ ammunition was later found in a sock in Campbell’s bedroom.
Bana, of Hale Gardens, Tottenham, Amin, of Cavendish Road, Finsbury Park, and Campbell, of Denmark Road, Hornsey, all north London, were remanded in custody ahead of a plea and trial preparation hearing at Snaresbrook Crown Court on 25 July.
Hours before the incident, Khan was pictured with a fan while shopping in Oxford Street wearing his flashy watch, which is worth around £72,000 and is studded with 719 diamonds.
And the Olympic medallist was also wearing it in an Instagram post from a charity do at the Grosvenor House Hotel the night before – raising fears he may have been specifically targeted.
An eyewitness told The Sun that Khan was visibly shaken by the ordeal, adding: ‘They were not hanging around. They got straight into the car and fled.
‘Amir had enjoyed a lovely evening with his wife and had been shopping earlier in the day. It raises real fears he was a deliberate target. It’s extremely serious. He was left absolutely terrified.’
Khan and Makhdoom, who got married in 2013 in New York, have three children, Lamisah, Muhammad and Alayna.
At the time Khan posted on Twitter: ‘Just had my watch taken off me at gun point in East London, Leyton.
Amir Khan is pictured with a fan in Oxford Street wearing one of his luxury watches
In a post to her Instagram account late last night, Khan’s wife Makhdoom also claimed the watch was stolen and posted its serial number in a bid to try and ‘find out who’s done this’
‘I crossed the road with Faryal, luckily she was few steps behind me.
‘Two men ran to me, he asked for my watch whilst having a gun pointed in my face. The main thing is we’re both safe.’
Detective Sergeant Lee Warrington of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command said: ‘Tackling robbery is a key priority for the Met and these arrests demonstrate our commitment to taking those intent on using violence, or the threat of violence, off of our streets.’
In 2012 Khan was ambushed by an armed gang that reportedly tried to steal his £100,000 Range Rover.
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