Robber in minicab gang who hit King’s Cross hotel jailed for spate of armed raids

PUBLISHED: 15:47 08 January 2014 | UPDATED: 15:54 08 January 2014

Clockwise from top left: Russell Aljaf, Kurrin Bendriss, Lamin Joof, and Sadiq Bendriss

Clockwise from top left: Russell Aljaf, Kurrin Bendriss, Lamin Joof, and Sadiq Bendriss


A member of a gang who used minicabs to travel around London and commit armed robberies including a hotel in King’s Cross has been jailed for 10 years.

Russell Aljaf has been jailed for 10 years Russell Aljaf has been jailed for 10 years

Russell Aljaf, 20, Lamin Joof, 21, and brothers Sadiq and Kurrin Bendriss, 20 and 19 respectively, booked a taxi to take them to the King’s Hotel, York Way, in March, where they robbed the lone receptionist, threatening the staff member with a gun and fleeing with £300.

The gang also targeted hotels, minicab drivers and lone members of the public in Queen’s Park, Paddington, Golders Green, St John’s Wood and Fulham during their crime spree last year.


Aljaf, of Marsham Street, Westminster, admitted conspiracy to rob, burglary, possession of an imitation firearm and possession of an imitation firearm for the purposes of crime related to an offence in February last year, four days into his trial at Harrow Crown Court.

He was convicted in November and sentencing was adjourned until last week.

The Bendriss brothers, of Lanark Road, Maida Vale, and Joof, of no fixed address, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to rob and possession of an imitation firearm.

The brothers were sentenced to eight years in jail and Joof to seven.

Investigating officer Det Con Rob McGee said: “I am really pleased that this gang is off London’s streets and no longer able to carry on committing these robberies.

“The level of violence and the disturbingly blatant way they carried out these crimes clearly demonstrated they had no regard for the law.”

He added: “Throughout this investigation we have received huge support from the victims and a number of witnesses who made the prosecution possible.

“I would like to thank them all for their help and bravery.

“The evidence was so overwhelming the gang all pleaded guilty.”

A fifth man is due to stand trial shortly.


Latest Islington News Stories


The long-running dispute between the senior coroner for inner north London, Mary Hassell and the area’s Jewish and Muslim communities might be coming to an end, as the decision will be given tomorrow on her refusal to prioritise burials.


A PR firm staffed by former journalists – including the Gazette’s one-time food editor – was one of two Islington businesses to scoop a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise on Saturday.


Ukip’s Pete Muswell wanted to take part in the Gazette’s hustings on Monday. We said no. It would have been unfair when he is one of only two Ukip candidates in the May 3 local elections – while the four main parties are fielding a full slate of candidates.


A man has been arrested and bailed in connection with the death of Kwasi Anim-Boadu on the Andover Estate last weekend as the murder investigation continues.

Yesterday, 16:27

More than 150 Islington Council candidates will fail to win a seat in next week’s local elections. But, statistically speaking, at least one of them will go on to become an MP.

Yesterday, 15:15

New electric trains set to grace the Gospel Oak to Barking line have been delayed by three months – some going, even for London Overground.

Yesterday, 13:25

A historic Islington estate is getting 19 affordable homes in a new block.

Yesterday, 09:06

It’s not just Arsene Wenger leaving Islington at the end of the season.


“I try and do my best to enhance the young person’s capabilities. I’m very focused on their education, their wellbeing and their cultural needs.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now