A third man has been jailed for his role in a botched armed robbery at a bank in Notting Hill .
Matthew Barrington-Williams was found guilty of attempted robbery at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday (December 3) following a retrial.
He becomes the third person to be jailed for the crime, which happened Westbourne Grove on August 19 last year.
Jason Byrne , a 46-year-old, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to life in prison, and will serve a minimum of five years, for attempted robbery and possessing a firearm while carrying out the crime.
And 33-year-old Jerome Mills, also of no fixed abode, was sentenced to two years in prison for attempted robbery.
Both had been found guilty following a trial at the same court. However, the jury at this trial could not reach a verdict in relation to Barrington-Williams, 33, and the retrial was ordered.
The court was told the gang struck at around 4.15pm as a security guard delivered cash to the bank.
As he entered the building Byrne ran in carrying an hand gun and wearing a baseball cap, sunglasses and with the lower half of his face covered.
He pointed the firearm at the guard but then realised he had mistimed the robbery as the cash box had already been placed in a secure area within the bank.
He fled empty-handed to a waiting blue BMW. The court was told Barrington-Williams, of no fixed abode, was standing beside the car acting as a look-out, while Mills was behind the wheel.
The Met’s Flying Squad began an investigation, and according to police, on September 22 officers patrolling the rear of the block of flats on Tavistock Ave, W11, found the getaway car, which had been stolen in July 2014 and had false number plates.
Forensic tests linked all three men to the vehicle. Further investigation by the Flying Squad also linked them to the crime by CCTV, evidence from witnesses and analysis of their mobile phones.
Mills was arrested on January 7 for other matters and was subsequently charged with the robbery. At the time of his arrest he was wearing clothes identical to what he was wearing during the attempted robbery. Barrington-Williams was arrested on April 10 for attempted robbery.
Byrne had already been remanded in custody regarding on an unconnected matter. He appeared at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on April 28 charged with the attempted robbery.
Earlier this year he was part of another three-man group which was jailed for a total of 46 years for robberies across London including Swiss Cottage, Kensington , Camden, Shepherd’s Bush and The Strand.
Fyling Squad Detective Constable Ricardo Vieira said: “Although the robbery was a failure these men put people in real fear of being seriously harmed.
“One has now been sentenced to life in prison as a result. Those who rob and carry firearms will be pursued, brought to justice and can expect to spend a long time in prison.”