Man admits robbery of Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta

·1-min read
Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish  (PA Wire)
Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish (PA Wire)

A man has admitted robbing Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta in the middle of the night in their Essex home.

Ali Sesay, 28, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court to robbing Cavendish of a watch, phone and safe, and to robbing the athlete’s wife of a watch, phone and suitcase.

The Rainham, east London local had previously denied the two charges but changed his pleas to guilty at a hearing on Wednesday.

Cavendish and his wife were threatened at their home in the Ongar area of Essex at about 2.35am on November 27 last year.

 (PA Media)
(PA Media)

Essex Police said no-one was seriously injured.

Cavendish said in a statement that his family were “extremely distressed” and “feared for their lives”.

The force said a Louis Vuitton suitcase and two high-value watches were stolen.

Two more defendants, 31-year-old Romario Henry and Oludewa Okorosobo, 28, deny two counts of robbery and are due to stand trial from January 3.

Henry, of Lewisham, and Okorosobo, of Camberwell, are both remanded in custody.

 (PA Media)
(PA Media)

Judge Mary Loram QC, remanding Sesay in custody, told him that his sentencing would be adjourned until the outcome of the trial of the other two defendants.

The bearded defendant, who appeared by video-link from HMP Thameside, told the judge: “No problem, thank you.”