Car­roll re­turns to give ev­i­dence

The Chronicle - - News - By SAM RUS­SELL­i­tymir­ @Chron­i­cleLive Press As­so­ci­a­tion

PRE­MIER League foot­baller Andy Car­roll was whisked from West Ham’s train­ing ground back to court – af­ter a last-minute re­quest for him to give fur­ther ev­i­dence in the trial of a man ac­cused of try­ing to rob him of his £22,000 watch.

Po­lice es­corted the 6ft 4in striker from the club’s train­ing ground to Bark­ing­side Mag­is­trates’ Court on the eve of trans­fer dead­line day.

The un­ex­pected move came a day af­ter the star foot­baller gave his main ev­i­dence in per­son at Basil­don Crown Court.

Car­roll then told Basil­don Crown Court that a male mo­tor­cy­clist, who he be­lieved had a gun, de­manded he handed over his watch as he drove his green Jeep Wran­gler home from train­ing.

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

Car­roll ap­peared yes­ter­day by video-link from Bark­ing­side Mag­is­trates’ Court.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Michael Ed­monds told the foot­baller: “Thanks very much for com­ing back to court. I only have a few ad­di­tional ques­tions for you.”

Asked about the light con­di­tions when Car­roll said he glimpsed the biker’s face for 10 sec­onds, Car­roll said: “I don’t re­mem­ber the sun­light. I just re­mem­ber see­ing his face.”

Mr Ed­monds asked if Car­roll re­called be­ing told that O’Brien had been ar­rested be­fore a po­lice iden­tity pa­rade, and Car­roll replied: “Not re­ally.”

“You have on Twit­ter 313,000 fol­low­ers, is that right?” said Mr Ed­monds.

Car­roll, with his hair tied back and wear­ing a black T-shirt and blue jeans, replied: “I’ve deleted my Face­book and Twit­ter so I don’t know, as I haven’t been on it for about eight months.”

Pros­e­cu­tor Si­mon Glad­well said po­lice ar­rested O’Brien at a house in Da­gen­ham, east Lon­don, 10 days af­ter the al­leged at­tempted rob­bery, where they found him in the front bed­room “hid­ing in the bed­frame un­der the mat­tress”.

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

Mr Glad­well said the three items used in the al­leged at­tempted rob­bery were the same as those seized at the time of O’Brien’s ar­rest.

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.

The of­fences hap­pened in Oc­to­ber and Novem­ber 2016. O’Brien de­clined to give ev­i­dence in per­son. The trial con­tin­ues.

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