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Muggers who throttled victims ordered to pay 560,000

Daniel and Matthew Mykoo
Daniel Mykoo (left) and his brother Matthew attacked lone women

Two muggers have been ordered to pay more than £560,000 after police were unable to recover many of the valuables they snatched.

Brothers Matthew and Daniel Mykoo, from west London, were jailed at Wood Green Crown Court in September 2009 after they attacked dozens of women.

The brothers throttled and threatened victims in London, before stripping them of jewellery, watches and cash.

BBC reporter Sangita Myska was attacked by them in March 2008.

'Terrifying violence'

Crack addict Daniel Mykoo, 29, of Fulham Court, west London, who is serving a life sentence, was ordered to pay £508,933.

Matthew Mykoo, 28, of Windsor Road, Brent, north west London, who is serving an indeterminate sentence with a minimum of nine years, was ordered to pay £53,011.

The two brothers conducted a string of robberies, many of which were committed separately, between March 2008 and June 2009.

They used "sudden, terrifying violence" and targeted lone women across the capital, the court heard.

They acted as a "strangler-robber" team, with one throttling their target from behind while the other took valuables.

Det Con Reg Pickering, of Barnet CID, said: "The substantial costs the Mykoo brothers have been ordered to pay reflect the sheer volume of offences they have committed.

"They will be suffering the financial and moral consequences of these crimes whilst they remain in their prison cells.

"I hope that this sends out a clear message that crime does not pay, and wherever possible, criminals will be ordered to pay out substantial costs which will impact on the rest of their lives."

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