Kidnap trial – verdict

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A JURY has convicted a Hightown man of attempted robbery, false imprisonment and kidnap after a four day trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Shaun George Clough, 22, of Hare Park Drive, will be sentenced later this month alongside Ryan Walker for their role in the botched drugs robbery during the evening of November 6 last year.

The court heard that Clough and Walker, as well as two other unidentified men, forced their way into the home of Wayne Routledge, in Westgate, Heckmondwike, to rob him of drugs and money.

Routledge, who was with four friends, his girlfriend Rebecca Fellows and their two young children, was held at knife point by Walker, as Clough was told to tie up Miss Fellows, a 16-year-old girl and the two children in an upstairs bedroom.

Mr Routledge was also tied up and a pink pillow case was put over his head before he was bungled into a blue Vauxhall Vectra and driven away. He was released 10 minutes later in Littletown, where he raised the alarm at Londis shop, in Knowler Hill.

Walker and Clough were arrested in Staincliffe a few days later. Clough initially tried to run from the police and hide behind a wall, but gave himself up.

Throughout the trial Clough maintained he was innocent and had spent that evening with his girlfriend at her sister’s home in Abbey Road, Healey. He claimed that the victims were lying to incriminate him in the raid.

During cross examination by prosecutor Andrew Halsam, Clough said: “I have never met Wayne Routledge before in my life. I have never met Rebecca Fellows either in my life before.”

He did admit to knowing three of the other victims, who were 16-years-old when the incident took place.

The jury spent nearly four hours deliberating the verdict but were unable to reach a unanimous decision. They found Clough guilty of the three charges by a majority verdict of 11 to one.

Walker, who pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, unlawful wounding, false imprisonment and kidnap at an earlier hearing, and Clough will be sentenced on May 27.