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Guramit Singh Kalirai failed to turn up for his trial in September

Guramit Singh Kalirai failed to turn up for his trial in September

A once-prominent member of the English Defence League (EDL) has been jailed after he went on the run following a violent attempted robbery.

Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, of Ullswater Crescent in Bramcote, Nottingham, did not turn up to his trial in September.

He was found guilty in his absence and sentenced to six-and-a-half years. His two accomplices were jailed.

Appearing at Nottingham Crown Court on Friday, he was sentenced to a further nine months for breaching his bail.

Throat slash

Kalirai, who was previously a spokesman for the EDL, was arrested earlier this month in Long Eaton.

During his trial, the jury heard Kalirai and his two accomplices, Andrew Wheelhouse, from Alfreton, Derbyshire, and David Mura, of Stapleford, Nottinghamshire, had raided a shop in May this year.

The three men pinned the shop assistant to the ground and made threats to slash his throat if he did not hand over cash.

Workers at a neighbouring business who heard shouts called the police and managed to stop one of the men escaping before officers arrived.

They were praised by detectives for their “quick thinking and brave assistance” for helping to thwart the robbery.

BBC News

A convicted offender who fled Nottingham before his trial is now back in custody.

Guramit Singh Kalirai, 31, of Ullswater Crescent, Bramcote, was arrested by officers in Long Eaton yesterday (Sunday 6 October 2013)

Kalirai was found guilty of an attempted robbery at Simply Hydro, in Wigwam Lane, Hucknall, on Thursday 2 May 2013. He was sentenced in his absence to six and a half years in prison at Nottingham Crown Court on Tuesday 24 September 2013.

The court heard that Kalirai, along with two accomplices, entered the property at about 12.30pm and targeted a shop assistant demanding money.

They pinned him to the ground and bound him while making threats to slash his throat.

Nottinghamshire Police