London (AFP) – A robber threatened to chop off former England full-back Ashley Cole’s fingers with a pair of pliers throughout a violent break-in at his dwelling, a court docket was instructed Monday.
Nottingham Crown Court heard Cole, 41, was led round the home in only a pair of shorts as intruders demanded jewelry in January 2020.
Kurtis Dilks, 34, is accused of being a member of a four-strong gang who smashed their method into Cole’s dwelling with a sledgehammer.
Jurors had been instructed Cole and his associate Sharon Canu every had their palms certain by cable ties, and the court docket was proven CCTV of the intruders main Cole, who performed for each Arsenal and Chelsea, down the steps.
The court docket was instructed that among the many objects stolen through the break-in had been money, cell phones and watches.
Dilks is accused of robbing Cole and Ms Canu, in addition to allegedly raiding the house of former Tottenham and Derby midfielder Tom Huddlestone with co-defendants Ashley Cumberpatch and Andrew MacDonald.
Prosecuting lawyer Michael Brady mentioned though Cole had been at dwelling together with his household “the robbers were clearly not deterred by his presence”.
He added Cole instructed his associate to name the police, which she did after hiding in a wardrobe.
The prosecutor continued: “The next thing Ms Canu knew was when one of the robbers opened the wardrobe door and took the phone from her while she was talking to the police.
“Ms Canu… followed the intruder and was directed wordlessly by the man who had taken her phone to the bedroom where Mr Cole was.
“She then saw Mr Cole on his knees with his hands tied behind his back,” with the prosecutor including one of many intruders was armed with a sledgehammer which the gang used to realize entry to the home by smashing down the doorways.
After the gang had confronted Cole, Brady instructed jurors Canu’s palms had been then certain collectively by black cable ties.
He mentioned: “The man said, ‘Do you want that?’ – meaning the knife.”
Brady added: “By this stage Mr Cole’s hands were also bound behind his back with similar cable ties.
“Mr Cole mentioned that one of the attackers, a stocky more aggressive man who also spoke with an Irish accent, kept saying ‘let’s cut his fingers’.
“At the time he was armed with a pair of pliers.
“Despite the efforts of the stocky robber to attack him with pliers, the robber who Mr Cole described as the ‘boss man’, the one who had first approached him in his bedroom and grabbed his neck, prevented the attack from going ahead.”
The trial continues.