Kidnap, robbery and false imprisonment

A MAN has gone on trial accused of kidnap, robbery and false imprisonment after a botched raid on a Heckmondwike house last November.

Shaun Clough, 22, of Hare Park Drive, Hightown, denies three charges of attempted robbery and kidnap of Wayne Routledge and the false imprisonment of five others, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Prosecutor Andrew Haslam said Mr Routledge was at home in Westgate, Heckmondwike, with his girlfriend Rebecca Fellows, their two young children, her brother and his girlfriend, along with three male friends aged around 16.

Four men wearing balaclavas and wielding knives and a rounders bat burst into the house demanding cannabis and cash.

Mr Routledge recognised one of the men as Ryan Walker, who is awaiting sentence after pleading guilty to attempted robbery, unlawful wounding, false imprisonment and kidnap at an earlier hearing.

Walker is said to have held a knife to Mr Routledge’s throat and a struggle ensued where the victim was slashed with a knife.

Clough is alleged to have tied up Miss Fellows upstairs in front of her two children and a 16-year-old girl, while Walker used telephone wires to tie up the males downstairs.

Miss Fellows told the court: “I explained to the girls this was a ‘trick-or-treat’ game but they were terrified. Shaun didn’t go into the bedroom where they were, he saw they had gone into the room and told them to sit together. He told me to come out onto the landing. That’s when I could see his face and I knew this man was Shaun Clough.

“I said to him, ‘why are you doing this?’ and he kept saying ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry’. As soon as I spoke to him, I recognised him.”

The court heard the men tied up the occupants and Mr Routledge had a pink pillowcase put over his head before being bundled into a blue Vauxhall Vectra and driven away.

After spending at least 10 minutes with a knife against his throat, he was let out in Littletown and ran to the Londis store, in Knowler Hill.

However, Michael Greenhalgh, defending, said Clough was with his girlfriend, Leanne Johnson, at her sister’s house in Abbey Road, Healey, when the incident took place.

Clough told the court: “I was with my girlfriend, we were babysitting.

“It’s horrible what they have been through but they are either genuinely mistaken that it’s me or they have it in for me for some reason.”

He denied knowing Mr Routledge or Rebecca Fellows.

His account was backed up by Miss Johnson, who said they had watched the X Factor together that night and was adamant Clough did not leave the house.

The trial continues.