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Infamous London gangster admits innocent victim’s death haunts him to this day

A notorious London gangster, who spent time in one of Britain's toughest prisons, Parkhurst, has confessed that the crime that sent him there – when an innocent victim died – remains on his conscience to this day.

Bobby Cummines embarked on his first armed robbery when he was only in his late teens, and went on to establish his own criminal firm, ‘The Chaps’.

And, speaking to LadBible TV, Bobby claimed that he was not a “gangster” despite his crimes, rather a businessman, and suggested that people only typically got hurt when they interfered with his work.

Since being recognised with an OBE for his services to reformed offenders, Bobby confessed that one crime, when a robbery went wrong and an innocent victim died, haunts him to this day.

“That was a bad one. That’s the only thing I’ve got on my conscience, that is the hardest thing I have to live with,” he recalled.

“Someone choked on a gag… like we’d done a hundred times, you tie ‘em up, you gag ‘em, you go, the police come, untie them.

“You make sure you’ve got your smother on so no one knows who you are. I used to wear a crash helmet, blacked-out visor.”

But he explained, because he wanted to maintain a reputation for only doing “good, clean work”, the career criminal continues to regret the incident.

“If I could undo just one thing, just that one, that would be the only one I would undo. It should never have happened.

“If I’d have shot them or something like that… But you know, on a gag and they choke on their vomit, it wasn’t a nice thing, and I have to live with that.

“Even to this day I have to live with that, I done an innocent [ sic ]. You don’t do that in my world, you don’t do innocents."

Bobby explained that, as a Catholic, when he attends church now, he lights a candle and says a prayer for the innocent victim he killed.

He continued: “I was out there to earn money, I wasn’t out there to hurt people. If I had to hurt them that was because they put themselves in a position where they had to go.

“When I was doing villains I didn’t care. I know if they’re going to stab or shoot me, I’m going to give it to ‘em first.

“So that didn’t count, because we lived in a different world to everyone else. We lived in our own world among our own people, and we all knew the rules.”

While in prison, Bobby met Charlie Richardson, another London gangster. He has claimed that Richardson urged him to turn his life around, and the now-69 year-old went on to become the chief executive of UNLOCK, the National Association of Reformed Offenders.

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