Herts Man Charged Over Botched Burglary

20 September 2018, 07:19

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A man from Hertfordshire accused of involvement in a botched raid on a flat above a launderette has been found guilty of aggravated burglary.

A man from Hertfordshire accused of involvement in a botched raid on a flat above a launderette has been found guilty of aggravated burglary.

It's as his co-defendant, a man from Milton Keynes, was cleared of both charges against him. 

A gang of at least four masked men burst into the home in Grays, Essex, shouting "armed police", a trial at Basildon Crown Court heard.

They attacked Daniel Wood, who was at home with his female partner and two of their children, and demanded money, prosecutors said.

Masked raider Paul Robertson, who was armed with an axe and an imitation gun, died at the scene after Mr Wood fought back, jurors heard.

Prosecutors alleged 31 year-old Christopher Salvador, from Watford, played a supporting role in the raid on the address above Baylee's launderette, which happened at around 9.30pm on December 4 last year.

They said while he did not enter the property on the night, he had been involved in planning the raid.

Jurors found him guilty of aggravated burglary and cleared him of possessing an imitation firearm at the time of an offence.

His co-defendant 36 year-old Michael Williams, from Milton Keynes, was cleared of both aggravated burglary and of possessing an imitation firearm at the time of an offence.

Prosecutors said three other men, Joseph Pearl, Jerome Johnson and Harrison Fryer, had admitted their part in the raid at earlier court hearings.

Salvador, Pearl, Johnson and Fryer will be sentenced on a date to be fixed.