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Man found on shop roof tells court he was fleeing hostile gang

A MAN, found on a Chelmsley Wood shop roof, has denied going equipped for theft claiming he was fleeing a gang.

A MAN, found on a Chelmsley Wood shop roof, has denied going equipped for theft claiming he was fleeing a gang.

Police were called on Tuesday March 19 after Martin Smith was seen on top of the shop in Arbor Way at around 10.45pm.

When officers arrived, Smith, of Marlene Croft, Chelmsley Wood, was invited to come down from the building. When officers conducted a search, seven screwdrivers were discovered.

The court heard the 36-year-old denied going equipped for theft, claiming he was on the roof escaping a hostile gang who had already attacked him leaving him with significant injuries. These were later noted by an officer.

Malcolm Stoddart, prosecuting, said: “He said he was on the roof escaping these other people that the police never saw.”

But Peter Cooke, defending, argued: “The fact that he had these injuries is relevant. He was beaten by this gang and just managed to get away. He says he was being chased and the officers noted the injuries and marks on his body.

“There was no attempt to gain entrance into the premises. He was on the roof, not down below.

“He made no attempt to avoid the police when they arrived, he was pleased to see them.”

Smith was conditionally bailed to return to Solihull Magistrates for a trial on April 30.

 

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