Heroin user cleared of trying to rob drug dealer in Hartlepool

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A HEROIN user has been cleared of trying to rob a drug dealer in the pusher’s dad’s home.

Raymond Peacock, 46, was accused of demanding drugs and money from Paul Brown while armed with a knife.

Teesside Crown Court heard the pair scuffled before Mr Peacock fled the house.

But Mr Peacock, who said he had gone to the house to buy drugs off Paul, known as Tony, and was not armed with a knife.

A trial heard claims that Tony Brown saw Mr Peacock go into his dad George’s house in Farr Walk, Owton Manor, Hartlepool, on the afternoon of Sunday, September 29.

Mr Brown said he followed him inside because he did not know who it was.

He said Mr Peacock was near the living room door where his dad George, was and claimed Mr Peacock he had a small knife in his right hand.

Mr Brown said that Mr Peacock said “I want some gear” which he took to mean heroin.

When he said he did not have any, it was alleged Mr Peacock then demanded money.

Mr Brown claimed: “He came at me with the knife so I backed off into the kitchen.”

It was also alleged that Mr Peacock tried to force his way in by banging on the door and damaging it before going inside.

Mr Brown said he picked up a bread knife to defend himself and shouted to his dad in the living room to phone the police.

Mr Peacock was also accused of stabbing George Brown, 74, in the thumb while trying to grapple the phone out of his hands.

But Mr Peacock, who has been heroin user for 20 years, said in his defence that Tony Brown gave him some heroin but he forgot to pay for it.

He said: “He grabbed a knife to stop me from going. I tussled with hims for it and it fell. That was when I got out the house.”

Paul Cleasby, defending, asked Mr Peacock: “Did you possess a knife when you went into the house?”

Mr Peacock said: “No.”

Mr Cleasby added: “Did you ever ask Tony for money or threaten him?”

Mr Peacock, of Grange Road, Hartlepool, again said he did not.

Under cross examination, Tony Brown admitted selling heroin in the past but said he stopped three or four months before the incident. His dad George also denied there were any drugs in the house.

Mr Peacock was found not guilty by the jury of attempted robbery of Tony Brown, possession of a bladed article, damaging property and assaulting George Brown.

He admitted possessing diazepam, a class C drug, at an earlier hearing and was given two months prison which he has already served while on remand.