Guilty verdict for UK's biggest jewellery thief

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A man has been convicted of taking part in Britain's biggest ever jewellery robbery.

Aman Kassaye, 25, of no fixed address, forced a young shop assistant to help steal gems worth £40 million at gunpoint in the "high stakes" heist at Graff Diamonds in Mayfair, central London, in 2009.

Kassaye has been been found guilty on three charges: kidnap, conspiracy to rob and possessing a firearm. He was acquitted of a further gun possession charge.

The defendant gestured to family members as the jury gave their verdict on the ninth day of deliberations.

Kassaye employed a professional make-up artist to disguise his appearance and used a series of getaway cars to escape across the capital. But Petra Ehnar, the shop assistant held at gunpoint during the raid, managed to identify him.

The jury is still deliberating on six co-defendants, who all deny charges relating to the robbery.

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