Hatton Garden suspect was ‘on holiday’ during raid
Michael Seed’s defence lawyers say he is not the mystery Hatton Garden raider known as “Basil”
Michael Seed, 58, from Islington, is accused of being the alarm expert who played a key role in the £14m raid of the Hatton Garden safe deposit in 2015.
Mr Seed, who denies the charges, said he was at home at the time of the raid, but evidence proved he had not used the internet for 10 days over the period.
He said he could have been on holiday.
He told jurors at Woolwich Crown Court he regularly visits his mother, who is in her 90s, at her home in Cambridge and meets up with his brother at his house in Forest Gate, east London.
The vault wall at Hatton Garden Safe Deposit was drilled through during Easter weekend in 2015
Mr Seed also denies being the mysterious “Basil”, who carried out a £1m burglary at Bond Street jewellery store Chatila with some of his fellow Hatton Garden raiders five years earlier, the court heard.
He said he knew convicted Hatton Garden burglars Brian Reader, 79, and John “Kenny” Collins, 78, as small-time jewellery dealers from the diamond district, and once visited the house of their 63-year-old accomplice Daniel Jones to buy a mountain bike.
Reader, Collins, Jones, and Carl Wood, 61, have been convicted of conspiring to carry out the burglary in Hatton Garden along with Terry Perkins, who died last year.
Mr Seed denies two charges of conspiracy to commit burglary and one charge of conspiracy to convert or transfer criminal property.
The trial continues.