Trio deny roles in knifepoint robbery of teen
THREE men covered their faces with shirts, broke into a Cheltenham flat and, with one of them brandishing a knife, robbed a man, a court heard.
Callum Feehan, Gary Williams and Joshua Walker all deny robbing the 17-year-old of cash and cannabis on March 28, last year.
Gloucester Crown Court heard Feehan, 18, of Pitman Road, St Mark’s, Walker, 21, of Overton Road and Williams, 25, of Lansdown Crescent, hatched the plan when they wanted some drugs but had no money.
Prosecutor Julian Kesner said the men went to Daniel James’s Rose and Crown House home, where they thought they could find some drugs, and knocked on the door. But when he didn’t answer they climbed through a window.
He said one of the robbers had a knife with which he threatened Mr James. An onlooker was punched in the face and another pushed from a chair on to the floor.
The attackers were said to have got away with a small amount of cash, tobacco and less than £10 worth of cannabis.
The court heard a fourth robber, Daniel Thomas, 21, of Bowly Road in Gloucester, has admitted the robbery, while Luke Neal decided not to take part once he got to the flat.
Mr Neal, 21, told the jury: “We had no money so we thought we would try and rob him – that was what the plan was. We knew we would be able to go in, get it and leave.”
He said the five men scoped out the building before knocking on the door and getting no reply.
He told the jury: “I can’t remember who realised it [the window] was open and it could slide up. At that point I was speaking to Dan saying, ‘Let’s just be wise, let’s not do it, let’s get some money’.
“Dan thought for a minute. He was psyching himself up. Gary said, ‘Come on’ and Dan just switched. He ran up to the window, was straight in and didn’t even cover his face, and the others followed.”
The defendants all took the stand yesterday and denied being part of the robbery.
Feehan denied going through the window with his face covered and said he went through the front door and watched what happened.
Walker claims he also went through the front door and ran away from the scene after he saw Thomas assault someone.
He told the court: “I saw Dan lunge at somebody and hit them in the face.
“I just froze. I didn’t take anything, definitely not, and I had no intention of taking anything either.”
Williams said he had nothing to do with the robbery and that it was down to Thomas.
The trial continues.