Wrexham man awoken by masked knifeman


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN was woken up in his Wrexham bedsit by a masked knifeman leaning over him.

Defendant Gareth Christopher Bird, 34, asked him: “Where is my mobile phone?”

The victim had no idea what he was talking about but saw he was holding a kitchen knife with an eight or nine-inch blade in his hand.

Intruder Bird held the knife towards his face as he replied: “I haven’t got your phone.”

Another man in the room woke up and he was asked if he had a mobile phone?

When he said he did, Bird took it and said: “You have been robbed.

”He was aggressive and waved the knife before leaving.

Bird, of Cefn Dre in Wrexham, was originally charged with robbing a man in his b edroom at Town Hill in Wrexham on the night of March 25.

But he admitted a charge of aggravated burglary and was jailed for five years at Mold Crown Court.

Judge Niclas Parry told him that in the early hours of the morning he forced himself into someone’s home while the occupants were asleep.

“They awoke to see you standing above them brandishing a knife. You held it 40cm from their faces. You made threats. They were terrified,” he said.

Bird had the weapon with him when he entered and he had attempted to disguise himself.

Judge Parry said Bird had an appalling record which included convictions for burglary, possessing weapons and above all a previous conviction for robbery.

But he would receive significant credit for pleading guilty.

Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting, said CCTV showed the defendant leaving the victim’s premises and making his way to the local bus station where it was alleged he gave the phone to another man, who the prosecution said tried to sell it in local shops.

Bird was arrested and interviewed but said he had been visiting friends at the bedsit and then left and had breakfast at Richmond House.

He denied stealing the phone.

Oliver King, defending, said Bird had pleaded guilty and wished to be sentenced immediately without a pre-sentence report so he could know his fate.

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