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Court told five faked robbery; PC tells of clothing find at house.

A BLACK wool balaclava and a pair of muddy trainers were found at the home of one of five Coventry men accused of faking the robbery of a delivery van containing pounds 20,000 worth of parcels.

The items were found at the home of 19-year-old Fidel Hunte, of Lapworth Road, Wood End, as he was visited by two police officers in connection with the alleged crime, Coventry Crown Court heard.

Hunte, along with his brother Darren Hunte, 18, of Lillington Road, Wood End; David Angus, 19, of Tachbrook Road, Wood End; Jerome Murdock, 19, of Shirebrook Close, Wood End; and Kevin Davies, 24, of Brixham Drive, Wyken; all deny conspiracy to steal from delivery firm Citylink.

In addition, company driver Davies, faces one further charge of intending to pervert the course of justice.

At the crown court yesterday, Sgt Sean Querie, sector officer for Wood End, explained how inquiries following reports of a robbery in Brookshaw Way, Woodway Park, on December 15, had led him and other officers to Wyken Slough where a dog walker had reported men loading, or unloading parcels, from a white car.

He said: "Within seconds I saw the Ford Focus and recognised the Hunte brothers and David Angus. I was within 50 metres of them when they got out of the car and ran away."

PC Natalie Pearson of Stoney Stanton Road police station told the court that following reports of the robbery she had gone to Wyken Slough and seen men she recognised first walking and then running away over fields.

She said she later went to the home of Fidel Hunte and found a black balaclava and a pair of very muddy trainers.

But Hunte's defence counsel Peter Cooper pointed out that many scooter and motorbike riders wore balaclavas in December to protect them from the cold.

The trial continues.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 23, 2004
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