London: An armed robbery will be sentenced to 10 years for trying to kidnap Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac for an estimated 200,000 euros ($ 257,000, 231,000 euros).
Harrow Crown Court heard that Ashley Smith and his deputy did not take into account the bravery of the Bosnian Kolasinac defender who was retaken during the attack in London in July.
Ozil then drove off in the ambush while the attackers chased after a stolen motorcycle and stoned, the court heard.
Smith, 30, has been described by Judge Ian Bourne QC as a "working criminal" who is widely known by police.
The second man, Jordan Northover, also pleaded guilty to attempted robbery at the foot of Kolasinac's home, and will be sentenced at a later date.
Smith and Northover were "armed and dangerous" with a needle and a handgun as a weapon, according to the judge.
Among them they produced the weapons threatened by Mr Kolasinac, a long, hard-edged gun that was trusted in the victim's direction and contacted them.
"They both do not take account of Mr Kolasinac's reinstatement of the war and he has acted courageously and bravely."
The court heard footage of Kolasinac trying to deal with the criminals, but was able to get into the car that Ozil was driving.
Both players and Ozil's wife were able to flee despite being chased by the defendants, who threw rocks at the car.
Officers were able to trace the suspects and arrest them after a member of the public later found them parked in Boreham Wood and called police.
The judge noted Smith had a "horrible criminal record" of 20 convictions and 38 convictions since he was 14 years old.
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