By Rebecca Camber Chief Crime Correspondent For The Daily Mail
Published: 01:32 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 02:55 GMT, 3 February 2020
Bilal Sennousni has now been jailed for 18 months after a sceptical youth court judge brought in specialists to assess his physical appearance
A bearded illegal immigrant who mugged victims of watches worth nearly £100,000 tried to avoid prison by insisting he was still a child.
But despite convincing police he was just 17, Bilal Sennousni has now been jailed for 18 months after a sceptical youth court judge brought in specialists to assess his physical appearance.
They concluded the Tunisian thief was at least 21.
Sennousni, who has a trimmed moustache and beard, had been part of a gang that targeted wealthy residents in affluent parts of London.
On September 13 he was caught red-handed with a £75,000 Richard Mille watch that had been snatched from a Norwegian millionaire in Mayfair, and was then linked to a mugging two weeks earlier, when an £18,000 Hublot Big Bang watch was wrenched from his victim near Harrods in Knightsbridge.
He then tried to convince officers he was a vulnerable 17-year-old who had been ordered to steal the watch by a friend.
Scotland Yard accepted he was a teenager as they could not find any birth