A man was repeatedly stabbed and shot by two moped robbers in front of his girlfriend for his £7,000 ($9,250) Rolex watch, a court reported.
Danny Pearce, 31, had been out with his girlfriend Stephanie Holland in Greenwich, London, for one night on July 15, 2017, when he was attacked by two men who asked him to hand over his watch.
The Crown Court of Inner London learned that one of the suspects, David Egan, 24, had committed several moped robberies with knives and firearms between July 11 and 15. The jury was shown video footage of the robbery showing Pearce being chased up and down the street with two men taking turns stabbing him. Jordan Bailey-Mascoll, 28, was convicted of the murder in June 2018, while Egan was indicted in May.
Prosecutor Louis Malby told the court: “The crimes were committed by two men on a moped who had been riding around Greenwich in search of expensive watches.
On the night of the attack Pearce and his partner were followed by friends. On the way to his car, the two men wearing helmets and balaclavas approached Pearce and asked him to hand over his watch.
Malby said: “One of them had a pistol in his hand, which was described as an old-fashioned revolver.
“The other had a knife in his hand, and according to Stephanie Holland, it was curved.”
“The men shouted, ‘Give me your watch” to Mr. Pearce as they threatened the couple with the guns.
“Stephanie shouted, ‘Run!” and ran back towards Nevada Street. As she ran down the street she heard shots, she said.
After Egan was stabbed by Bailey-Mascoll, she pushed Pearce into a corner on the steps of an apartment where he was stabbed again, the court heard. Pearce was dragged into the apartment, but there was nothing that could be done to save him. Egan denies having murdered Pearce on July 15, 2017.
The defendant also denies robbery in three cases and possession of an assault weapon in two cases. He also denies possession of a weapon in a public place and possession of a counterfeit firearm with the intent to commit a criminal offense.
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