Robber found guilty of stealing Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish's £700,000 watches

Mark Cavendish and Peta Cavendish
Credit: PA
Peta Cavendish and Mark Cavendish. Credit: PA

A third man has been convicted of robbing Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish in a knifepoint raid.

Jo Jobson, 27, of no fixed address, was found guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday.

Mr Cavendish and his wife Peta had their high-value watches stolen by a balaclava-clad gang during the robbery at their home in Essex in the early hours of 27 November 2021.

The group were armed with large knives and threatened the pair, before leaving with two high-value Richard Mille watches, worth a total of £700,000.

The two watches stolen from the Cavendish home were worth a total of £700,000 Credit: Essex Police

In February, two men were jailed for their role in the robbery in Ongar, before Jobson handed himself in at Chelmsford Police Station in June - 18 months after police first issued a photo identifying him as a suspect.

He was convicted of taking a watch, two phones and a safe from Mark Cavendish and a watch, phone and a Louis Vuitton suitcase from Peta Cavendish.

Jurors returned their verdicts on Monday after under two days of deliberation, with Jobson appearing to shake his head in response to the unanimous guilty verdicts.

Jo Jobson Credit: Essex Police

Edward Renvoize, prosecuting, read a statement from Mrs Cavendish in which she said an intruder told her husband: “Do you want me to stab you up in front of your kid? Show me the f****** safe.”

The prosecutor described the robbery as a “well-orchestrated and executed, planned invasion of a home of well-known individuals with the intention of grabbing high-value timepieces”.

Judge Timothy Walker told Jobson: “The evidence against you was overwhelming.”

He remanded him in custody until Wednesday, when he is due to be sentenced.

Essex Police reiterated an appeal to find the final suspect of the robbery - George Goddard, from Loughton.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Atkin, who led the investigation, said: “Jobson’s conviction leaves just one final piece of the jigsaw – and that is George Goddard.

“Goddard remains outstanding and we are continuing our efforts to locate him and I would reiterate my message to him; you cannot stay hidden forever; those who may be helping you cannot help you forever.

"It is in your best interests to come forward.”

Anyone with information about Goddard should contact Essex Police on 101 and cite ‘Operation Chamber’.

George Goddard remains wanted in connection with the raid on the Cavendish home Credit: Essex Police

In February, Romario Henry, 31, of Lewisham, south-east London, was convicted of two counts of robbery and jailed for 15 years, while Ali Sesay, 28, from Kent, admitted two counts of robbery at an earlier hearing.

He was jailed for 12 years for robbery and a further eight years for six unrelated firearms offences, making a total of 20 years.

Romario Henry, left, and Ali Sesay were sentenced to 15 and 12 years respectively for robbery. Credit: Essex Police

At the sentencing of the pair, Mrs Cavendish fought back tears to tell court that the robbery had left them considering selling their home due to the “continuing fear”.

She also told the trial she covered her three-year-old child, who was in a bed with her, with a duvet so that they could not see what was happening.

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