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The make-up man, the cagefighter and a £53million heist

PUBLISHED: 18:22 22 October 2008 | UPDATED: 10:57 12 August 2010

A MARTIAL arts expert accused of masterminding Britain s biggest ever robbery was worried about showing his face because of his fame as a cagefighter, a court heard

A MARTIAL arts expert accused of masterminding Britain's biggest ever robbery was worried about 'showing his face' because of his fame as a cagefighter, a court heard.

Lee Murray, 29, formerly from Sidcup boasted that his return to the sport following a serious knife injury would be featured in international newspapers and on television, jurors were told on Tuesday.

Murray allegedly told 'fellow plotter' Lea Rusha: "I can't show my face in there. It's going in newspapers and f***ing telly, especially when I have my comeback fights. It will be in all the papers."

The Old Bailey heard he was recorded on his mobile phone discussing the armed heist of the Securitas depot in Tonbridge with plotter Lea Rusha on January 11, 2006.

During the conversation they appear to talk about the kidnapping of depot manager Colin Dixon to get them through the front door, jurors were told.

Rusha said: "It only wants someone to go to the door. Once the door is open it's f***ing done. But I can't go to the f***ing door because the c*** he f***ing knows me."

Murray replies: "Who do you think is the best person to go to the door?"

Rusha: "You."

Murray: "I can't."

Rusha: "Anyway I don't give a f*** who goes to the door."

Murray: "I can't show my face in there."

Rusha: "I think probably four of us with a van, two of them in suits, one to knock. The only thing is the geezer knows me, my name."

Murray: "I can't show my face in there. It's going in newspapers and f***ing telly."

Rusha: "Well I will get Paul or Kane, someone, anyone I don't care."

It is claimed 'Paul' refers to cage fighter Paul Allen, 30, of Huntersfield Close, Chatham who is now on trial at the Old Bailey.

Michael Demetris, 32, of Bromley Common, Bromley, is also on trial accused of organising the make-up and disguises for the robbers.

Both deny conspiracy to rob, conspiracy to kidnap and conspiracy to possess firearms. Police discovered the recording on a mobile phone found in Murray's Ferrari, it is claimed. Five other men Stuart Royle, 48, Jetmir Bucpapa, 26, Lea Rusha, 35, Emir Hysenaj, 28, Roger Coutts, 30, were convicted for their parts in the robbery after a trial earlier this year. The gang got away with £53 million and only £20m has since been recovered by police. The trial continues.

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