Getaway driver who helped burglars is convicted – after his own sisters testify

A getaway driver who fled to visit his sisters after a burglary was convicted of helping a gang raid a family's home in Liverpool, after his siblings testified.

CCTV at the West Derby home captures the moment three burglars carried out a "military-style" operation as they stormed into a businessman's home on August 30, 2018.

In the clip, bungling Jason Gilmartin, 47, is seen waiting in his own white Seat Ibiza car to ferry them to and from the property.

The three intruders climb over the garage roof, break into the house through open patio doors and threaten the homeowner's sister at knifepoint, according to Liverpool Echo.

The group eventually escaped with £25,000 in cash, four Breitling watches valued at £34,000, a key to an Audi car, and the woman's £13,000 diamond ring and £7,000 Cartier watch, a court heard.

The burglars remain at large but Gilmartin fled to Birmingham where his sisters live and allegedly told them about the robbery.

He was arrested 10 days after the victim reported him to the police.

Gilmartin was found guilty of aggravated burglary after an astonishing six-day trial at Liverpool Crown Court, which saw two of his sisters help convict him.

Mary Au revealed Gilmartin confessed to her that evening he had "done a job", while Christine Au recalled her brother said he needed to "lie low".

Kenneth Grant, prosecuting, said the female victim was pulled by one of the gang members out of the room by her hair and arms, while shouting: "Come out or we'll stab the dogs."

The two other men were armed with a knife and a crowbar and they tried unsuccessfully to push the victim into a cupboard under the stairs.

She was ordered to sit in the living room until two other burglars came back with watch bags and a black box from a safe upstairs.

The court heard the thugs warned the woman not to call police for five minutes, then fled, climbing over a garden wall.

But detectives discovered the gang had used the Seat car, registered and insured by Gilmartin in his name, and captured on CCTV cameras at the house and across the city.

He told the jury he had visited a drug dealer friend in Mill Lane, West Derby, when a group of men frightened him into giving them his car.

He said he handed them the keys, and while they carried out the raid, he was in Morecambe Street, having walked there.

However, CCTV and ANPR showed his car on Lower Breck Road – around the corner from his house – only 20 minutes after he said he gave the men the car.

The jury convicted Gilmartin by a majority of 10 to two, after more than 14 hours of deliberation.

Judge Thomas Teague, QC, remanded him in custody and said he will be sentenced on April 27.

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