A MAN will stand trial by jury over allegations he robbed another of a sword and watches – then blackmailed him.

Taylor Edwards, 23, of Sanders Close, Stratton, pleaded not guilty of robbery and blackmail.

Appearing before Swindon Crown Court, smartly-dressed Edwards spoke only to confirm his name and his not guilty pleas.

The charges relate to an incident on April 26, 2019, when it is claimed Edwards went into the home of his alleged victim in company with another.

Judge Jason Taylor QC told Edwards: “As far as your case is concerned I am adjourning it for trial in January.”

He was granted bail with a requirement not to contact prosecution witnesses.

Those convicted of robbery at the crown court can expect prison sentences of between a year and 16 years.

There are no guidelines for the common law offence of blackmail.