Man, 28, admits robbing Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish and his model wife Peta Todd after armed raiders broke into his home before stealing watches and a Louis Vuitton suitcase, court hears
- Ali Sesay, 28, pleaded guilty to robbing Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta Todd
- He had previously denied two charges but changed his plea in court today
- Sesay, from Rainham, east London will be sentenced after the trial of co-accused
- Romario Henry and Oludewa Okorosobo, 28, deny two counts of robbery
A man has admitted robbing Olympic cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta Todd.
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 defendant, from Rainham, east London, had previously denied the two charges but changed his pleas to guilty at a hearing earlier today.
Cavendish and his wife were threatened at their home in the Ongar area of Essex at about 2.35am on November 27 last year.
Essex Police said no-one sustained serious injuries, but Cavendish said in a statement that his family were ‘extremely distressed’ and ‘feared for their lives’.
Mark Cavendish, 36, and his wife, Peta Todd, 35, during an event at the Guildhall in London
Ali Sesay, 28, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court to robbing Cavendish of a watch, pictured, phone and safe, and to robbing the athlete’s wife of a watch, pictured, phone and suitcase
A Louis Vuitton similar to the one pictured also went missing, Essex Police said
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, from Lewisham, south-east London and Okorosobo, of Camberwell, south London, are both remanded in custody.
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.’