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Two on trial accused of 90-minute street robbery spree

Two on trial accused of 90-minute street robbery spree

Justin Burns

Two on trial accused of 90-minute street robbery spree

Drive-by street robbers armed with weapons went on a 90-minute spree around Windsor, Ascot and Datchet, it was alleged in court on Wednesday.

Kenneth Romney, 42, of Hanover Way, Dedworth, and Mohammed Hussain, 32, of Seymour Road, Chalvey, are standing trial at Reading Crown Court.

Both are facing three counts of robbery, one of attempted robbery, and one of making off without paying for petrol.

All the offences are said to have taken place on February 11 last year between 6-7.30am.

Henry James, prosecuting, told jurors Hussain was the driver of a black Lexus involved, which he owned, and acted as the 'lookout', while Romney was the 'front-line robber'.

"These two gentleman went about a spree of robberies," he said.

"They targeted vulnerable people and thought if they moved hard and fast with a weapon they would not be caught."

Lyndhurst Road

Mr James said the first victim was a pensioner on his morning walk who the pair attempted to rob in Lyndhurst Road, Ascot.

He said Romney jumped out demanding money, but the pensioner thought he had a weapon and fled, leaving them empty-handed.

Next they drove to the Esso garage in Ascot High Street, filling up £83 worth of petrol before driving off without paying, Mr James explained.

He said a 17-year-old girl was then robbed of her handbag in Windsor.

Mr James said Romney allegedly told her "I have got a shank and I will stab you", while Hussain shouted from the car "give us the bag or I will kill you".

A 15-year-old girl was then robbed of her handbag in Datchet.

Now 16, she told jurors she was 'scared and frightened' as Romney ripped it off her shoulder.

 

York Road
Mr James said Romney and Hussain then robbed a woman in her 30s in York Road, Windsor.

He told the court Romney held a screwdriver to the woman's face and told her 'give me your bag or I will hurt you' before they drove off.

Hussain called police on February 13 complaining his Lexus had been stolen and claiming he had been assaulted by a gang of black men.

Both deny the charges and are on bail.

The trial continues.


Timeline:

6.05am - Romney and Hussain attempt to rob a pensioner in Lyndhurst Road, Ascot. Nothing taken.

6.10am - They drive to the Esso garage in Ascot High Street, stealing £83 worth of petrol.

6.40am - A 17-year-old girl in Albert Street, Windsor, has her handbag and its contents taken.

6.50am - Another victim is robbed of her handbag and its contents near Churchmead School in Slough Road, Datchet.

7.15-7.30am - A woman in her 30s walking in York Road, Windsor, has her handbag and its contents taken

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