A daughter laundered £ 8,510 for her father who destructively robbed businesses across the UK. Gary Platt and his gang have stolen over £ 45,000, leaving a destruction lawsuit in the process.
The 43-year-old helped use axes to smash safes and smash doors, causing £ 35,000 in damage in the process.
Platt, Anthorn Close, Noctorum, Birkenhead, was jailed for six years in February 2020. As detectives continued to investigate his crime, they discovered a lead leading to his daughter Chloe.
Netherfield Close’s 24-year-old Noctorum paid money stolen from the raids into her accounts. She told Liverpool Crown Court that she was “used” by her father and now felt “gullible and angry”.
The court heard how Platt acted in a daring robbery plot targeting pubs, restaurants, bus depots, convenience stores and social clubs between August and November 2019. CCTV footage captured the madness of the gang in businesses located in places such as Wirral, Ellesmere Port, Chester and North Wales.
They also targeted homes and stole high powered cars for use as getaway vehicles. Simon Duncan, prosecutor, said days before the plot began, the same gang was believed to have struck a Stagecoach depot in Saighton, near Chester.
Later that day, Chloe Platt paid two cash sums of £ 1,550 and £ 960 into her bank account at the post office. The gang raided The Red Lion pub in Northop, Mold on August 19 when £ 2,000 was stolen.
The next day, Chloe Platt paid £ 360 ‘derived from this heist’ into her account. On September 13, the gang hit the Stagecoach deposit in Saighton again, when £ 9,000 was stolen, and on the same day Chloe Platt deposited £ 2,000.
On each of these occasions, the money was then transferred to his father’s account – for a total of £ 4,870. However, after a raid on the Blind Pig bar in Telegraph Road, Heswall, she deposited £ 3,640 on September 17, which was not transferred to her father.
Never-convicted Chloe Platt gave an interview without comment to police in September 2020.
Mr Duncan said she admitted to owning criminal property after presenting a basis of plea accepted by the Crown.
He said: “The accused stated that she had no knowledge of the break-ins in which her father was involved – there is no evidence that she was aware of the break-ins.
“She said ‘I accept that my father asked me if he could use my account to deposit money and the money was then transferred to his account.”
Mr Duncan pointed out the one time the money was not transferred to his father, but said he did not think it would affect the outcome of the sentencing hearing, and that point no ‘has not been contested.
The prosecutor said: “She said she should have asked more questions, she was suspicious of where the money was coming from, but she felt so under pressure that she could not question her father in this way. “
The court heard that she had not claimed to have been “forced” by her father, but that this pressure was rather due to the “dynamics” of their relationship.
Mr Duncan said there had been no Proceeds of Crime (POCA) demand against Chloe Platt, adding: “Basically the accused says she did not take advantage of what was happening. happened, it was used by his father for the deposit of illicit funds. “
Defending Carmel Wilde said the money laundering was now two years old. She said Chloe Platt’s aunt was sitting in the public gallery, who explained how her niece went through tough times when her parents separated.
Ms Wilde said: “It appears that the accused found himself in a very delicate position between mother and father and it was the misplaced loyalty to her father that led her to this offense.
“Perhaps understandable, a young girl would not start questioning her father whom she trusted to some extent and naively questioned.”
Ms Wilde added: “It is a particularly low act in my submission for a father to implicate his daughter in his offense, which is of prior good character.”
She said, “Your honor will see that she has a good job and is in a respectful job. She feels gullible and angry now.
“His mother is also sitting at the back of the court. You can see how unhappy she was with her ex-husband’s attempts to lead their daughter down this path.
Judge, Recorder Ian Unsworth, QC, said: “Chloe Platt, through the dynamics of the relationship with your father, you agreed, in accordance with your advocacy basis, to funnel certain funds – which were obviously dishonest in nature – to channel them into your Account. “
He said more than half of the money was transferred to his father, adding: “You allowed yourself to be used like you did.” Recorder Unsworth said: “What you did was vital and an integral part of this process. Those who are engaged in such processes want their funds to be washed and cleaned. “
He accepted that the dynamic between the daughter and the father meant that she “felt pressured because of this relationship and that you couldn’t question your father like you would have liked.”
The judge said: “No doubt this has put extra stress on your mother and the other people who care about you.” He said: “At 24 you have a good job, you are a civil servant. You cast your good character, all for that.
“However, I accept based on the Crown’s argument and its analysis of the evidence, it was not about yourself enjoying the fruits of other people’s dishonest labor. You were not enjoying life, as sometimes happens in cases like this.