Mark Cavendish and his family—his wife Peta Todd and their three-year-old son—are feeling a profound sense of relief today as the trial of the men who were accused of robbing the Cavendishes at knifepoint in 2021 came to an end. After several hours of deliberation, a jury found 31-year-old Romario Henry guilty of two counts of robbery. They also delivered a not-guilty verdict for co-defendant Oludewa Okorosobo. Henry is the second man to be found guilty, as Ali Sesay pled guilty to two counts of robbery at an earlier trial in 2022.
The robbery took place at Cavendish’s home in England on November 27, 2021. Cavendish awoke to the sounds of men downstairs in his house, and according to Todd, was dragged from his bed and punched. He had only been released from the hospital a few days prior, after spending several days in intensive care after a crash.
“One of them held a large black knife to his throat and they said ‘where’s the watches?’ and ‘do you want me to stab you?’,” Todd recounted in court, according to the BBC. The ski-mask clad men threatened them with "Rambo-style" knife, and eventually left with two luxury Richard Mille watches worth roughly $865,000, in addition to cell phones and Louis Vuitton luggage. Todd’s phone was recovered and Sesay’s DNA was found on the phone.
Henry, Sesay and Okorosobo were all arrested in December of 2021.
While Sesay pled guilty back in September, Henry and Okorosobo pled not guilty initially. The trial of Henry and Okorosobo commenced on January 3, 2023 and took place at the Chelmsford crown court. During the trial, the BBC reported that Henry admitted to being in the car that traveled from London to Cavendish’s home, but claimed he was on drugs and ‘not aware a crime was being committed.’
Okorosobo maintained that he had lent a cell phone to Sesay—the phone that pinged a tower near Cavendish’s home—but maintained he would have been unable to take part in the robbery as he was injured at the time. He’d been stabbed two months before the robbery took place, causing significant damage to his leg and arm.
In a statement to the press after the guilty verdict came in for Henry along with the not guilty verdict for Okorosobo, the Cavendish family said:
"Although nothing can ever erase what our family went through, there is now some comfort that two men who broke into our family home and stole from us, assaulted Mark and terrified our children, are now convicted and will be facing what we hope will be an appropriate sentence for their actions and we hope moves some steps in preventing this horror happening to another innocent family."
The sentencing for Henry is scheduled for February, at which time Sesay’s sentence will also be rendered. Sesay has remained in custody since his guilty plea was entered in September.
However, the saga is not yet over: There are still two suspects at large: Jo Jobson and George Goddard. The police have stated that they will not stop pursuing the two men.
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