Hooded men robbed teenager in his Plymouth home at knifepoint, court told
THREE hooded men held a teenager at knifepoint as they stole thousands of pounds worth of belongings – after an accomplice had tricked her way into his home.
Aaron Bradford, 18, William Broadhurst, 18, and 19-year-old Ashley Edgar climbed through a window left open by Debra Eyres, Plymouth Crown Court heard.
Eyres, 20, had been invited into the house by the victim, a former boyfriend from school, the court was told. One of the men held the 19-year-old at knifepoint while the others spent 40 minutes going through the house.
They escaped with a computer, games, a mobile phone and jewellery worth £3,000.
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Broadhurst, of Providence Place, Stoke; Edgar and his partner Eyres, both of Northumberland Terrace, West Hoe, appeared for sentence after earlier admitting robbery. Bradford, of Octagon Street, was sent into custody for three years for the same offence last year.
But Judge Paul Darlow adjourned the hearing until a date to be fixed. They were released on bail.
David Gittins, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Eyres had been in a relationship with the victim at school.
He added she called him and asked to come to his home in the city on June 10.
Mr Gittins said they had gone upstairs to listen to music when three masked men burst in.
He added: "They were all variously disguised and two of them were carrying knives. Later a baseball bat was recovered which had been taken from the victim's garage."
Mr Gittins said one man in a black hood demanded money and the teenager handed over £20 from his pocket.
He added: "Two of the men left the room and one of them with a knife waited behind pointing him at the victim. He said the males were in the house for about 40 minutes."
Mr Gittins said the teenager had the "distinct impression" that Eyres knew the men.
The court heard that police were called and quickly rounded up all four defendants.
Edgar also admitted a separate burglary with Bradford on July 25 last year.
Mr Gittins said the pair stole electrical goods and jewellery worth about £20,000 from a house in Yelverton.