Life term for 'strangler-robbers'

Two brothers are jailed for life for attacking and robbing lone women in London, including designer Nicole Farhi.

Life term for ´strangler-robbers´

CCTV shows brothers robbing woman

Two robbers have been jailed for life for attacking lone women in London.

Brothers Daniel and Matthew Mykoo acted as a "strangler-robber" team, with one throttling their target from behind while the other took valuables.

One victim was designer Nicole Farhi and another, BBC correspondent Sangita Myska, Wood Green Crown Court heard.

Daniel, 29, will serve a minimum of 14 years for 84 counts of robbery while Matthew, 27, was jailed for a minimum of nine years for nine counts.

Matthew from Willesden, north-west London, was cleared of attacking fashion designer Ms Farhi, the court heard.

Daniel and Matthew Mykoo
Daniel Mykoo (left) and his brother Matthew attacked lone women

Daniel Mykoo, of Fulham, south-west London, admitted 18 counts of robbery and asked for another 65 to be taken into account dating back 10 years.

Prosecuting, John Carmichael said the brothers were a "strangler-robber" team, with Daniel attacking from behind while Matthew snatched valuables.

They struck in areas including Hampstead, St John´s Wood, both in north London, and Ladbroke Grove and Chelsea in the west of the city.

Passing sentence, Judge Nicholas Browne QC, said the robberies were the "worst I have ever encountered" and told Daniel "you are the most prolific violent robber to be sentenced in London in recent years".

It is by sheer good fortune that you did not kill, permanently injure or maim any one of your many victims
Judge Nicholas Browne QC

Addressing the brothers the judge said: "You have committed strangulation robberies which are in a league of their own.

"Your offending pattern was ruthless, predatory and vicious. That you were both high on crack cocaine is no excuse.

"It is by sheer good fortune that you did not kill, permanently injure or maim any one of your many victims."

In some cases they threatened to cut victims´ fingers off if rings could not easily be removed. Daniel also attacked an 84-year-old whom he strangled and put his fingers down her throat.

´Don´t cut me´

Ms Farhi was attacked as she went to open the front door of her Hampstead home in April 2008.

The court heard she pleaded "don´t cut me" and fainted as she was strangled.

Her husband, playwright Sir David Hare, chased the attackers and took down their car registration number as they drove off.

Victim Laura Holt: "I´m very cautious about walking around on my own"

BBC correspondent Ms Myska said she was grabbed from behind as she locked her car and was threatened before her wedding ring was stolen.

The court also heard a witness statement from Shamin Akhter who described an attack by three men in the lobby of her flat in Highgate last May.

A gold watch and a pair of diamond earrings, each worth £10,000, were taken from her. CCTV footage showing Ms Akhter´s car being followed was shown in court.

Another victim, Laura Holt, who was targeted in the car park of the school in St John´s Wood where she worked, said: "Not being able to breathe is probably the most terrifying aspect of the whole thing."

Outside court Det Insp Gary Randall said: "It´s surprising that some of the injuries were not worse from what the victims experienced."