Man cleared of school gates robbery

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A MAN who claimed he may have been feeding ducks at the time a mum was threatened with a hammer and ordered to hand over £150,000 worth of her jewellery has been found not guilty of robbery.

A jury took less than an hour to find Daniel Inamder not guilty of two charges of robbery after a trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Inamder, 30, of Albion Street, denied the attack on Jane Williams and told the jury he may have been feeding the ducks in Roundhay Park, Leeds, with his son at the time of the incident.

Mrs Williams was targeted as she waited outside Moorlands School, in Meanwood, Leeds, on October 7 2011.

Two men approached her as she sat in her Land Rover and held a hammer against her face.

Mrs Williams described how one of the men climbed into the car before threatening her with the weapon, and tried to grab the rings from her hand.

Another parent who had been talking to Mrs Williams was struck with a hammer. Mrs Williams handed over her wedding and engagement rings, a ring from her right hand and her watch.

The pair fled and got into a Volvo being driven by a third man. The car crashed moments later, however, and the robbers forced an off-duty police officer Thomas Powell to stop his car before driving off in it.

The prosecution claimed a drinks bottle found in the Volvo contained Inamder’s DNA and mobile phone evidence also linked him to the offences.

Another man, Anthony Clarke, has admitted the offences after his saliva was discovered on the airbag which had deployed in the Volvo.

In his evidence, Inamder said he was looking after his baby son around that time of the incident.

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