Man heavily armed during burglary at house

Swindon Advertiser: Swindon Crown Court Swindon Crown Court

A MAN has changed his plea to admit taking part in a burglary at a house while armed with an array of weapons.

Ashley Howard had been due to face trial by judge and jury next month after denying taking part in the incident.

But the 25-year-old was brought back before Swindon Crown Court where he pleaded guilty to being involved in the raid at the start of the year.

Howard, of Purley Avenue, Park South, pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary at a house in Dean Street, Rodbourne, on Sunday January 6.

He admitted being armed with a baseball bat, wrench and dumbbell when he entered the property as a trespasser with intent to steal.

Judge Douglas Field remanded him in custody to Friday, October 4 at the culmination of a trial of three other men.

Lewis Gordon, 21, Daniel Hegarty, 23, and Daniel O'Sullivan, 23, are to face trial on Monday, September 30 after pleading not guilty to the same charge in April.

Gordon, of Baydon Close, Moredon, O’Sullivan, of Clifton Street, Kingshill, were released on bail and Hegarty, of Stonefield Close, Eastleaze, was remanded in custody.

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