Violent robber attacked man in terrifying ordeal
A MAN was punched, tied up and had a knife put to his throat before having thousands of pounds stolen during a terrifying robbery, a court heard.
Paul Higham burst into the man’s house in Eccles, immediately punching him to the face after knocking on his door.
After the initial attack, Higham, 41, then put his victim to the floor and subdued him in a headlock.
He then pulled a chord from the telephone, which he used to tie the man’s hands behind his back.
Higham demanded money from the man, and threatened to kill him if he didn’t comply.
Then Higham went into the kitchen and got a knife, which he put to the man’s neck.
He cut him slightly, prosecutor Neil Usher told Manchester Crown Court. Higham then put the knife to a wound on the man’s leg, where he had recently undergone an operation to his knee.
He threatened to re-open the wound if the man didn’t hand over money. The victim was dragged upstairs, where the demands for cash continued. Higham ordered the man to open his safe. In the safe was a number of envelopes each containing £1,000, which Higham stole.
He also demanded cigarettes. Higham took a number of large boxes of cigarettes. Higham stuffed the cash and cigarettes in a pillow case, before taking more money from the man’s wallet.
Before leaving, Higham told the man: “Don’t bother telling the police.
“I don’t give a **** about the police. Can’t you see I’m not balaclavaed up?”
He then demanded the keys for the man’s van.
Higham left in the vehicle, but it stalled and he fled on foot instead.
Throughout the robbery, which occurred in Winton in June, the victim recognised Higham. He recognised him from living nearby, and from the distinctive tattoo on his neck. Police went to Higham’s home and he denied any knowledge of the incident.
That same day, the victim picked Higham out in an identification procedure. In interview with the police, Higham told officers: “It is what it is.
“I don’t give a **** . That’s what happens when you deal drugs.” Higham, of Catherine Street, Eccles, denied robbery at a Manchester Crown Court trial.
But a jury unanimously found him guilty of robbery, and he will be sentenced on January 24.