West Ham Andy Carroll robbery accused ‘hid beneath mattress to escape police’ in Dagenham Latest News

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West Ham Andy Carroll robbery accused ‘hid beneath mattress to escape police’ in Dagenham Latest News


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WEST HAM: Andy Carroll at Basildon Crown Court yesterday for the trial of Jack O’Brien

Footie ace Carroll returned to court today to give further evidence in the trial of a man accused of trying to rob him of his £22,000 watch.

Police went to escort the 6ft 4in striker from the club’s training ground so he could appear via video link at Basildon Crown Court.

Carroll earlier told the court that a male motorcyclist, who he believed had a gun, demanded he hand over his watch as he drove his green Jeep Wrangler home from training.

Jack O’Brien, 22, denies attempting to rob the 28-year-old on November 2 2016.

Prosecutors said O’Brien was found hiding in the bedroom of his home “hiding in a bed frame under the mattress” at a house in Dagenham when cops went to arrest him on November 12.


“There’s two motorbikes, one’s behind me pulling out a gun, I don’t know what to do”


Andy Carroll

Carroll was filmed from Barkingside Magistrates’ Court, which is around six miles from West Ham’s Rush Green training ground – closer than the trial venue of Basildon Crown Court.

Prosecutor Simon Gladwell said police arrested O’Brien 10 days after the alleged attempted robbery, when they found him in the front bedroom.

A crash helmet and Ducati jacket were seized from the property, and a Suzuki motorbike was seized from the back garden.


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ANDY CARROLL: The West Ham star arrives for a video appearance from Barkingside Magistrates’ Co

Mr Gladwell said the three items were also used by O’Brien in a string of burglaries, to which O’Brien pleaded guilty in April 2017, in which items including jewellery, watches and cash were stolen.

Carroll was quizzed by defence barrister Michael Edmonds about the light conditions when glimpsed the face of the biker robber.

He said: “I don’t remember the sunlight. I just remember seeing his face”

Carroll previously told the court he was “scared” when a motorcyclist approached him at traffic lights in Hainault, north-east London.

They demanded he hand over his watch as he returned home from West Ham’s training ground in his Jeep Wrangler.

In a 999 call played to the jury, the player said: “There’s two motorbikes, one’s behind me pulling out a gun, I don’t know what to do.”

After a pursuit, he arrives back at West Ham’s training ground and says in the call: “I’ve probably just hit about 10 cars on the way here.”


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ACCUSED: Jack O’Brien denies attempting to rob West Ham star Andy Carroll

Mr Edmonds, defending, said O’Brien, of Navarre Gardens, Romford, east London, was not the biker.

He said O’Brien had used the motorcycle, jacket and helmet for crime before, but that it was not him using the bike on this occasion.

O’Brien declined to give evidence in person.

The trial continues.

West Ham Andy Carroll robbery accused ‘hid beneath mattress to escape police’ in Dagenham Latest News

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