Ashley Cole tied up throughout violent theft and threatened with having fingers lower off, court docket hears | Soccer Information

A robber threatened to chop former England footballer Ashley Cole’s fingers off with pliers throughout a violent break-in at his residence, a court docket has heard.

Nottingham Crown Court docket was informed the ex-Arsenal, Chelsea and Derby County left-back was cable-tied and led round the home in only a pair of shorts throughout the ordeal.

Kurtis Dilks, 34, is accused of being a part of a four-strong gang who in January 2020 smashed their means into the house of the previous England defender and his companion Sharon Canu with a sledgehammer earlier than stealing jewelry, cellphones and a BMW key.

The couple’s two younger kids have been in the home on the time and Ms Canu had tried to name police as she hid in a wardrobe.

However, prosecutor Michael Brady QC, informed the court docket: “The subsequent factor Ms Canu knew was when one of many robbers opened the wardrobe door and took the telephone from her whereas she was speaking to the police. She then noticed Mr Cole on his knees along with his arms tied behind his again.”

Mr Brady stated the robbers then tried to sure Ms Canu’s arms however at first “reasonably bravely” she refused.

“That bravery understandably evaporated to a sure extent when she was threatened with a knife,” he added.

Huddlestone additionally focused

The court docket heard Dilks was additionally accused of raiding the house of ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Tom Huddlestone – and is additional going through accusations of being a part of a six-strong gang who allegedly stole the £3.75 million Portland Tiara from the Welbeck Property in 2018.

The tiara was worn to the coronation of Edward VII.

Prosecutors stated its theft, beforehand described as a “nationwide treasure”, was a “stunning occasion” and it’ll by no means once more be seen in its authentic state.

Mr Brady informed jurors Mr Huddlestone’s residence was focused in a “well-planned operation” whereas he was enjoying a match for Derby County.

Tom Huddlestone now performs for Hull Metropolis

Dilks, Ashley Cumberpatch and Andrew MacDonald are accused of conspiring to rob Mr Huddlestone’s spouse, Joanna Dixon, of £500,000 of jewelry and purses, together with her marriage ceremony and engagement rings.

Jurors have been informed robbers tied Ms Dixon’s arms behind her again with cable ties, with one saying: “Do not make this tough, we do not wish to manhandle you.”

Mr Brady informed the jury the defendants have been “to a higher or lesser extent concerned in a collection of extraordinarily critical, high-profile, rigorously deliberate and at instances ruthlessly executed burglaries and violent robberies”.

He stated the accused had not been deterred by individuals within the homes as they have been “armed with weapons and the means to subdue them” and even the presence of kids “didn’t perturb them”.

Mr Brady informed jurors that property stolen throughout the burglaries and robberies was handed to skilled handlers Tevfik Guccuk and Sercan Evsin, who have been tasked with promoting it.

On the time they ran an “ostensibly official jewelry enterprise in Hatton Backyard”.

He continued: “Such was the worth and conspicuous nature of a number of the gadgets stolen that it was not doable to promote them within the UK. The inference to be drawn from the proof is that at instances the property needed to be disposed of overseas.”

Tiara had ‘cultural significance’

The court docket heard the diamond-encrusted Portland Tiara – and an related brooch – that was stolen in a separate raid had a mixed worth of £3.75m.

The sixth Duke of Portland had commissioned Cartier to create the Portland Tiara for his spouse, Winifred, Duchess of Portland. She wore the headpiece, whose centrepiece is the Portland Diamond, to the coronation of King Edward VII, the Queen’s great-grandfather, in 1902.

Mr Brady stated: “It’s tough to overstate the significance and cultural worth of those items of jewelry.

“Different artworks that fashioned a part of the identical assortment included masterpieces by Michelangelo, van Dyck, Stubbs and a pearl earring worn by Charles I at his execution.

“These have been trophy items of the gallery’s exhibition – extraordinarily priceless, distinctive and of serious historic significance. They have been displayed for the general public’s enjoyment. Their theft is a stunning occasion and implies that they may by no means once more be seen of their authentic state.

“It’s self-evident that burglaries of this nature require detailed and cautious planning, together with consideration of methods to eliminate such distinctive items.”

Cumberpatch, his companion Kelly Duong, MacDonald, Dilks, and fellow defendants Matthew Johnson and Adrian Eddishaw are all accused of conspiracy to burgle in relation to the theft of the tiara.

The defendants deny all expenses.

The trial continues.

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