Armed raider died after dad-of-two fought back in botched raid on family’s flat

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A BURGLAR armed with an axe died when a father of two fought back, a trial heard yesterday.

Paul Robertson was also carrying an imitation gun when he burst into Daniel Wood’s flat.

Police forensic officers at the at the flat where armed raider Paul Robertson died
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Police forensic officers at the at the flat where armed raider Paul Robertson died[/caption]

He was with at least three other masked men, all shouting “armed police”. Mr Wood, with his wife and kids in the lounge, had his hands bound behind his back with cable ties.

The gang ripped his diamond engagement ring from his finger and grabbed £900 from a wardrobe in the December raid.

Mr Wood was assaulted but managed to break free. He was ordered to lie on the floor while the axe was swung around his feet.

Prosecutor Cyrus Shroff said: “He managed to jump up from the floor, knocking the gun out of Mr Robertson’s hand, then started wrestling with him to get the axe off him.

The gang fled, leaving  Robertson to die in the flat above a launderette in South Ockendon, Essex, with cuts to his wrists and head
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The gang fled, leaving  Robertson to die in the flat above a launderette in South Ockendon, Essex, with cuts to his wrists and head[/caption]

“One then shouted ‘police’.  It may have been because  there were blue Christmas lights flashing in one of the windows and it may have confused them.”

The gang fled, leaving  Robertson to die in the flat above a launderette in South Ockendon, Essex, with cuts to his wrists and head.

Basildon crown court heard three men — Joseph Pearl, Jerome Johnson and Harrison Fryer — had admitted their part in the raid.

Forensic officer gathers evidence from the scene of the botched raid in which Robertson died
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Forensic officer gathers evidence from the scene of the botched raid in which Robertson died[/caption]


Michael Williams, 36, of Milton Keynes, Bucks, and Christopher Salvador, 31, of Watford, deny aggravated burglary and possessing an imitation firearm.

Mr Shroff said they did not enter the flat, but Williams took part in recces and was the group’s driver while Salvador was involved with planning.

The trial, expected to last four weeks, continues.