Jo Jobson, a third man involved in the robbery of professional cyclist Mark Cavendish and his wife Peta, has been found guilty of two counts of robbery. The incident occurred in November 2021 at their home in Essex, where the couple was threatened at knifepoint by a gang. Jobson will be sentenced on Wednesday. Two other men, Romario Henry and Ali Sesay, were previously found guilty and sentenced to 15 and 12 years in prison, respectively.
Jobson, 27, turned himself in to Chelmsford police in June, 18 months after being identified as a suspect. During the trial at Chelmsford Crown Court, it was revealed that the gang carried out a well-planned invasion targeting high-value timepieces. Peta Cavendish recounted in her statement that one of the intruders threatened her husband with a knife in front of their children.
The police investigation made significant progress when DNA evidence from Peta Cavendish’s stolen phone led to the identification of Sesay. Further analysis of phone records helped identify Jobson’s involvement. However, a fourth suspect, George Goddard, remains at large, and the police are urging him to surrender.
Detective Chief Inspector Tony Atkin described Jobson’s conviction as a significant milestone in the investigation and emphasized the ongoing efforts to locate Goddard. Peta Cavendish expressed her relief that two of the perpetrators had been sentenced but acknowledged that no prison time could fully compensate for the trauma inflicted on her family.
Mark Cavendish, who recently postponed his retirement, aims to achieve a record-breaking 35th stage victory at the Tour de France.