Pair admit blaming mystery cafe customer after crashing £130,000 Lamborghini in Westminster

Tom Powell
Crash: the Lamborghini Gallardo was driven into bollards in Westminster: Met Police

Two men involved in crashing a £130,000 Lamborghini into a Westminster shop have been convicted of lying after they tried to blame a mystery café customer.

Talal Alkassab, 39, and Diyaa Lababidi, 33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday.

It follows a lengthy investigation by police officers, which began in July 2015 when a Lamborghini Gallardo was found crashed on Woodstock Street.

The supercar had collided with several bollards, as well as a shop front, causing damage in excess of £100,000 according to police.

Diyaa Lababidi,33, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice (Met Police)

CCTV footage revealed the white car had been driven at speed up the road before it crashed at around 00.15 am, with two people getting out and fleeing.

After his arrest, Alkassab admitted he had hired the Lamborghini but told police that an “unknown customer” at the nearby café where he worked had taken the keys and crashed it without his knowledge.

But after police uncovered text messages sent between Alkassab and Lababidi, he eventually admitted it had indeed been his friend Lababidi behind the wheel.

Talal Alkassab, 39, also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice (Met Police)

Both will now be sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on April 11.

Lababidi was also charged with driving offences earlier in the investigation and pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrate’s Court.

He received an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months for failing to report the collision and was disqualified from driving for six months for driving without insurance.

PC Colin Moore, of Westminster police, said: "Alkassab and Lababidi were not only involved in a serious collision that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage but Alkassan then lied to police over a considerable period of time, protracting our enquiries and delaying the matter in coming to court.

"I am pleased they have finally been held accountable for their actions and, with summer approaching, I hope this case sends a message to those who drive such vehicles about the responsibilities that come with that and the efforts police will take to tackle their anti-social use."