Preston robber told witness he should have made his victim ‘strip naked’

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A man with a history of gun crimes, violence and robbery has been found guilty of robbing an acquaintance in a dispute over a girlfriend.

Paul Crewe, 25, of Goldbourne Street, Deepdale, Preston, told one of the witnesses in the case: “I should have taken him behind a building, stripped him naked and made him walk home.”

Crewe, who appeared in the Evening Post in 2008 when he was jailed for threatening a family on Rose Lane, Deepdale with an imitation pistol on Christmas morning, was found guilty within 20 minutes of deliberations by a jury at Preston Crown Court.

Dressed in a suit and wearing glasses, he gave no reaction as the verdict was given.

Crewe denied robbing victim Robert Hewitson of a Blackberry mobile and cash on St Mary’s Street in Preston on October 28 last year.

He claimed he met for a “consensual fight” over a girlfriend.

Summing up Judge Stuart Baker told jurors to consider the evidence carefully and said: “The Crown allege he has a propensity, a tendency to commit robberies and assaults.”

He will be sentenced on June 15.