Grandad robbed at knifepoint after dropping prostitute off
A MEAT cleaver was held to a grandad's neck as his wallet and watch were stolen, jurors have been told.
Disabled Keith Boreland was ambushed by two men as he dropped off a prostitute in Stroud Road, Gloucester, in January, the city's Crown Court heard.
Working girl Candis Coopey, 21, who denies a charge of robbery, wept in court as Mr Boreland gave evidence of her involvement in the attack.
He said he had picked her up the night before after she flagged him down, having known her previously, but had not had sex with her.
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After taking her back to his house on January 26 she fell asleep after taking some of his prescription medication Diaz- epam.
He drove her to Stroud Road to drop her off near the Kwik Fit garage once she had woken, but two men jumped in the back of his car and threatened him, one holding a meat cleaver to his neck.
"He was threatening to gouge my eyes out and cut my head off," said Mr Boreland.
In pushing the weapon away, Mr Boreland severed a nerve in his index finger.
The jury was also shown a walking stick which Mr Boreland used to scare the three off. It was broken into two pieces, from where he hit one of the offenders.
The door handle of Mr Boreland's car fell off as he pulled at the door from inside but the man yanking at it from the outside was too strong and broke it.
Mr Boreland, who does not have any feeling left in the upper part of the finger, told police Coopey was a prostitute who he had met for sex, which he later denied in court. He also denied ever telling police he had been having sex with Coopey.
He said he had first met her a year before at Gloucester Bus Station where she had been begging for money.
He said: "I have got grandchildren older than Candis.
"I live on my own, I am not married, I have no responsibilities. If I wanted to use a prostitute I would have no reason not to."
Mr Kesner added: "Whatever his arrangement was with Miss Coopey, however sordid that arrangement may have been, it didn't justify him being attacked and robbed."
A packet of condoms and a set of furry handcuffs were found in his car after the robbery, defence solicitor Claire Malvern said, but Mr Boreland said he did not know how they got there. He also denied being angry with Coopey that night because the Diazepam had made her "unable to fulfil her service".
The trial continues.