Ipswich: Pizza driver ‘was robbed delivering hoax food order’, court hears

A PIZZA delivery driver was pushed against a wall and robbed by two men when he went to drop off a hoax food order at a town centre flat, it has been alleged.

Kerim Staples was working an evening shift for Dominos in Bramford Road, Ipswich, and was asked to take a large order of pizza, drinks and ice-cream to an address in Station Street, Ipswich Crown Court was told.

The food order had been made by a mobile phone with an untraceable number.

When Mr Staples got to the address he couldn’t see anyone outside so he entered the block of flats through an open door, said Gerard Renouf, prosecuting.

As he walked into the building he saw two men coming down a flight of stairs from the direction of the flat he was heading for and one of them asked him for the time.

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The same man then told Mr Staples that the occupants of the flat he was going to had gone out for five minutes and as Mr Staples started to walk down the stairs one of the men allegedly grabbed the collar of his jacket with both hands and pushed him against a wall, said Mr Renouf.

The other male allegedly looked at him in an intimidating way and Mr Staples was forced to hand over a carrier bag containing ice-cream and soft drinks, a bag containing �27 cash and his mobile phone.

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As the men walked off, Mr Staples was allegedly told to stay where he was for two minutes or he would “get it”.

Before the court was Frederick Turner, 20, of no fixed address, who has denied robbing Mr Staples on October 27 last year.

Mr Renouf said that after Turner’s arrest he answered no comment to questions put to him during the interview.

He agreed to take part in an identification parade and was picked out as one of the two men allegedly involved in the robbery, said Mr Renouf.

The trial continues today.

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