Man with links to £53m Securitas heist found shot dead in Canterbury garden
Malcolm Constable took
his own life by shooting himself in the garden of his brother's
home in Priest Avenue, Canterbury
A man believed to have been connected to Britain's biggest
cash heist has killed himself at the Canterbury home of his
Father-of-two Malcolm Constable, 58, used a double-barrelled
shotgun in the back garden of the house in Priest Avenue on the
London Road Estate.
His body was found by his brother Derek, 65, who owns the
Derek said Malcolm had been feeling the pressure from his links
to the infamous robbery of £53million from a Securitas depot in
Tonbridge in February 2006.
It is thought he might have been involved in handling some of
the stolen money.
Derek said: "It was a serious crime, a multi-million pound
heist, and so I think this might have had something to do with it.
"You get criminals who are petty and do things because of drink or drugs, but this was massive stuff..." – Derek Constable
"You get criminals who are petty and do things because of drink
or drugs, but this was massive stuff. He's still my brother
Malcolm was found in the back of Derek's garden at lunchtime on
Thursday, February 7, but details of the incident are only just
beginning to emerge.
Derek had gone out at 8.40am and returned to find his brother
lying on the ground near a shed at the very back of the garden.
Malcolm, who owned a shotgun licence, had used a weapon bought
from Ashford just two days before.
Derek said: "I came back to find him in the back garden.
"We had a gun cabinet, which you couldn't open without two
people there. So it looks like he went out, bought this gun,
smuggled it into the house and then waited for his opportunity.
"I'm still struggling with what I saw."
Derek said some 20 police vehicles and 50 officers attended the
scene after the discovery.
Police are not treating the death as suspicious and have passed
their findings to the coroner.
They said they have no record of him being involved in the
Securitas raid seven years ago to the day, February 21.
Malcolm, who mainly worked in the building trade, grew up with
his three brothers and two sisters at the Priest Avenue house
before marrying Christine, with whom he has two daughters.
His funeral takes place at Barham Crematorium today at
The infamous security
robbers stole £53million from a depot in Tonbridge
The Securitas robbery took place on the evening of February 21
when a gang of men abducted and threatened the family of
the depot's manager, who lived in Herne Bay.
Fourteen staff at the depot in Vale Road, Tonbridge, were tied
up and held in cages while the robbers removed £53,116,760, which
belonged to the Bank of England.
Police arrested a number of people over the next 12 months and
in June 2007 a trial began at the Old Bailey.
Six months later, the jury returned guilty verdicts on five of
the robbers. They received sentences of at least 10 years.
Two other men were cleared of all charges while another suspect
is believed to have fled to West Indies with a substantial amount
The mastermind of the heist was martial arts expert Lee Murray,
35, who had escaped to Morocco where he was arrested. He was jailed
for 25 years and must spend the first 10 in Morocco before he is
returned to the UK.
Police have recovered £21million of the stolen money.
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