An accident-prone, self-confessed “Grandpa robber” going through trial for kidnapping Kim Kardashian in Paris 4 years in the past has come clear in a brand new e book through which he claims to have had no concept the job entailed robbing a actuality star of planetary fame.
As the title of his e book suggests – I Kidnapped Kim Kardashian – Yunice Abbas, 67, has no plans to contest the fees at a trial prosecutors are hoping will start this yr. Instead, he outlines his function within the heist and apologises for the trauma he prompted his alleged sufferer.
Calling himself a “part-time crook,” the veteran gangster was amongst 12 folks arrested for involvement in breaking into the luxurious residence she rented to attend Fashion Week.
He was one among 5 males aged 60 to 72 – dubbed the “Grandpa robbers” within the press – who allegedly entered the constructing masquerading as policemen at 2.30am on the evening of October 3, 2016, tied up the star and made off with jewels and different valuables value round €9 million (£7.9m).
It was the largest theft of a person in France in 20 years.
Most of the items have been by no means discovered: police have recovered solely a diamond-encrusted cross that Abbas dropped whereas leaving the scene by bike.
Mr Abbas says he wasn’t conscious of the identification of the goal, who the robbers tied up with plastic cables and adhesive tape and positioned in her bathtub through the theft.
He mentioned the primary he heard of her was the day after the heist on the TV. “I put my head down. My wife straight away accused me: ‘You did it.’ I hadn’t come back that night and she knew something was up. I denied it,” he advised Paris Match.
“My mate Aomar Ait Khedache (also charged), who put me on the job, had simply told me the victim was the wife of a famous rapper. I didn’t want t know more at that stage.”
Mr Khedache has denied being the ringleader of the group.
However, when he did discover out, he mentioned, “I was under no illusions”.
“I understood we’d be caught. There was too much pressure, we weren’t prepared enough. We didn’t know it would make this much noise.”
As for the theft, which he claimed was performed on a tip-off from the entourage of Ms Kardashian, he mentioned: ”It went quick, perhaps 5, six, seven minutes, from entry to exit, as a result of all the things went easily. Nobody interfered, the sufferer handed over the jewels with out resistance.”
But as he entered the road alone – he says he was final to depart – he discovered himself nose to nose with a police patrol.
“I was shutting the door and they looked at me, so I gave a little sign, like a salute.
“They have been simply on one among their rounds, however clearly I used to be nervous. I regarded calm, or no less than I attempted to, and it labored.”
He bought on his bike however a couple of yards later fell over resulting from a puncture, dropping his rucksack.
“When I got up, I saw the jewels on the ground, which had escaped from my bag. I picked them up,” he mentioned. However, he missed one.
Finally, he made it to his getaway car solely to listen to a cell phone go off in his bag. “It was Mme Kardashian’s mobile that my accomplices had taken with them by mistake. I cursed them,” he mentioned, including that he threw the telephone into the Canal de l’Ourcq.
Mr Abbas was swiftly caught after his DNA was discovered on the lodge receptionist he had tied up. But he mentioned many of the loot has not been recovered. “The police found cash and a few jewels but according to me, there’s still €7m out there,” he mentioned.
He mentioned he had no drawback with the time period Grandpa robber. “Men of our generation who are level-headed with sang froid and experience are rare. We don’t frequent the younger ones. They don’t listen to us anyway,” he mentioned.
His age commanded a sure respect with police, which was mutual, he added.
“There is a form of respect between men of my age and experience. I have always dealt with top-flight policemen. They are honest people who do a respectable job,” he mentioned.
Mr Abaas had spent his life out and in of jail – 21 years in whole – however had been “clean” for 9 years earlier than being supplied the Kardashian heist “at a time when I needed the money,” he mentioned.
After 22 months behind bars, a decide launched him on well being grounds, and he now hopes a jury will likely be lenient after he underwent coronary heart surgical procedure.
He mentioned he wished to apologise to Ms Kardashian.
“I regret what I did and not because I was caught! For victims, it’s always violent even if we thought we were being gentle.”