Norwich quadriplegic tells court of his fears during robbery

Friday, January 17, 2014
9:16 AM

A vulnerable quadriplegic has told how he felt “afraid” and “scared” when he was forced to leave a resource centre in his wheelchair and taken to a city park where it is alleged he was robbed and abandoned, a court has heard.

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Norwich Crown Court has heard the 38-year-old victim, who cannot speak and is completely reliant on others for care, was waiting to be picked up from the Vauxhall Resource Centre when Adam Webster, 38, and Sarah Harcourt, are alleged to have wheeled him to Chapelfield Gardens, where he was robbed of £6 he kept in a bag.

Harcourt, of Gipsy Close, Norwich, has admitted robbery and kidnap on August 8 last year, but Webster, of William Kett Close, Norwich, has denied both charges.

Giving evidence yesterday from behind a screen with the help of an interpreter and intermediary, he described how he was pushed, against his will, from the centre by Harcourt.

Richard Potts, prosecuting, said: “Did you want to be pushed?”

The victim replied “No”.

Mr Potts asked if he did anything to try and stop being pushed and the victim indicated he tried to put on his brakes.

The jury of six men and six women heard the victim was pushed out of the centre and to Chapelfield Gardens by Harcourt and Webster.

Mr Potts asked how the victim felt when he was being pushed from the centre.

He replied: “afraid and scared.”

The victim said he came to a stop at a coffee shop in the park where, with Webster by his right shoulder, Harcourt sat on his lap, kissed his cheek, before taking money from his bum bag.

Harcourt then said “bye” and the victim was left there on his own.

Mr Potts said: “Tell the jury how you felt then.”

He replied: “Lonely, afraid, scared.”

The case continues.

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