THREE masked intruders viciously attacked a Stroud man in his bed after bursting into his home, a jury was told today.
Daniel Banks was repeatedly hit with a cosh and threatened with death by the burglary trio, Gloucester Crown Court heard.
During his ordeal he saw the mask of one of the men slip from his face and recognised him as Harley Yearwood – a man he had met several times, the prosecution said.
Bespectacled Yearwood, 46, who has long black hair braided into a pony tail, denies that he was one of the burglars.
He has pleaded not guilty to aggravated burglary of Mr Banks’ home in King’s Road, Stroud, on February 18 this year and assaulting Mr Banks causing actual bodily harm.
Prosecutor Janine Wood said Mr Banks eventually managed to escape from the ordeal of violence when the three men left him in a room and he crawled out of the window and over a rooftop to a neighbour’s house to raise the alarm.
She told the jury Mr Banks’ ordeal began at about 11am when he was at home in bed and watching Netflix on TV but was ‘drifting in and out of sleep.’
“Suddenly three masked men came into the room,” said Mrs Woods. “The mask of one of the men slipped off and Mr Banks recognised that man as the defendant Mr Yearwood.”
She said Yearwood demanded “Where’s the stuff?”
Mr Banks thought he meant either cash or cannabis, which he sometimes sold in small amounts.
The defendant allegedly told Mr Banks “I’ll shoot you, I’ll kill you.’ Mrs Wood said Mr Yearwood then told one of the other masked men ‘Make him talk.’
“Male two then hit Mr Banks repeatedly with what Mr Banks believed was a cosh. He pulled Mr Banks out of bed and punched him in the face a couple of times. Mr Banks tried to crawl out of the room but was then repeatedly hit with the cosh again.
“The third man was meanwhile opening drawers in the kitchen and smashing things up.”
Mr Yearwood then told the victim “I know you’ve got more stuff than we have here” and Mr Banks was dragged upstairs by his neck, Mrs Wood said.
Mr Banks’ mother’s room was searched and then a lodger’s room, she added.
“He kept telling them there was nothing in the house. They left him in a room and it was then he managed to escape,” she added.
Mrs Wood said police arrested Mr Yearwood early the next morning at his home and he denied having anything to do with the burglary. He said he had been at home at the time, working on a horsebox.
However, police found a rucksack containing three masks in a shed in Mr Yearwood’s garden as well as a silver BB gun, a machete, a hoodie and a balaclava.
At an identification procedure, Mr Banks positively identified the defendant as one of the three intruders, the man whose mask had slipped.
The trial continues.