Carterton robber's bid to get new trial rejected

A ROBBER who subjected a man with mental health issues to a terrifying attack has failed in his attempt to get a retrial.

Martin George Todd, 34, of Milestone Road, Carterton, was jailed for 15 years at Oxford Crown Court in November 2011 after he was convicted of robbery and aggravated burglary.

He was one of two men who terrorised a schizophrenia sufferer after calling at the victim’s Witney home in May 2010.

Todd denied tying up the vulnerable then-25-year-old man and threatening him with a screwdriver, before hitting him over the head with a bottle in order to steal his bank card and belongings.

The attack commenced when Todd refused to leave the victim’s home.

Todd’s case reached London’s Appeal Court as his lawyers claimed the identification evidence against him was too weak to support the jury’s verdicts.

They also said there was no forensic evidence linking Todd to the scene of the crime.

But Judge Kramer, sitting with Lord Justice Richards and Mr Justice Globe at the court on Tuesday concluded that there was enough evidence on which the jury could find Todd guilty.

The trial judge had given the panel “an impeccable summing-up and directions” and “it was open to them to acquit or convict”.

The prosecution claimed Todd played a leading role in the attack, and that his accomplice would have been willing to leave before the violence began in earnest.

Co-defendant, Mark Hillier, then 27, of Littlebrook Meadow, Shipton-under -Wychwood, was cleared of the charges.

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