'I was asleep at home' says accused
A MAN jointly accused of robbing a wrongly convicted man of £20,000 told police he was at home in bed when the incident took place, a court heard.Rodney Jones, 40 of Aldham Road, Hadleigh is accused along with Lennox Wright, 39, of Neath Drive Ipswich, of robbing Darrell Weekes, 41, of the cash on January 29.
A MAN jointly accused of robbing a wrongly convicted man of £20,000 told police he was at home in bed when the incident took place, a court heard.
Rodney Jones, 40 of Aldham Road, Hadleigh is accused along with Lennox Wright, 39, of Neath Drive Ipswich, of robbing Darrell Weekes, 41, of the cash on January 29.
Both men deny a charge of aggravated burglary and Wright also denies two counts of witness intimidation.
The two men allegedly drove to Weekes' Burlington Road home in the early hours of January 29, bundled him into his flat at knifepoint, tied him up and then searched the house for the cash which was found in a rucksack.
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It is alleged that the two men knew about the cash through Jade Norris, a prostitute friend of Mr Weekes, who worked at a massage parlour in Woodbridge Road.
In a police interview carried out shortly after his arrest, Jones told police he had not been in Burlington Road and had in fact been at home asleep.
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Dc Derek Riley told the court that in his interview Jones had told him he was a self-employed builder and had done considerable work at the massage parlour where Mrs Norris worked.
In the interview, which was read out in court, Jones denied knowledge of the burglary and denied knowledge of the stash of money at the Burlington Road flat.
He said he hadn't seen Lennox Wright for a couple of weeks before the date of the burglary and denied driving Mrs Norris to the flat on the morning of the robbery.
Dc Riley told the court that Wright had insisted he was at home in bed, getting up at 6.45am and starting work at 8am.
Dc Riley concluded that there was no scientific evidence to link Wright or Jones to the address on that morning.
Jurors at Ipswich Crown Court also heard evidence from two of Weekes' friends who spoke to him in the early hours of January 29 after the alleged robbery took place.
They both said that Weekes was in some distress and in a state of shock
The trial continues.