Great Horton man on trial for robbing student

The defendant appeared at Bradford Crown Court

The defendant appeared at Bradford Crown Court

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A student was threatened and robbed by a man he met up with to buy cannabis from, a jury heard yesterday.

Samuel Lonsdale, a second year biochemistry student at the University of Bradford, was struck in the face and made to hand over his pin number after being lured to a house in Old Road, Great Horton, it is alleged.

Omar Malik, 26, of Windermere Road, Great Horton, denies stealing £170 from Mr Lonsdale, robbing him of £250 and burgling his wallet and laptop from his home.

Prosecutor Catherine Silverton told Bradford Crown Court yesterday that Mr Lonsdale met up with Malik in Leeds Road, Bradford, on September 29 last year to buy cannabis from him.

He handed over £170, a sum that included £20 commission, but Malik walked off with the money without giving him the drugs.

Malik rang the next day to apologise and said he would give the money back, the court was told.

On October 1, Mr Lonsdale was taken by a woman called Bridget Farrell to the house in Old Road, Miss Silverton said.

Malik and Farrell told Mr Lonsdale he owed them a lot of money, it is alleged. Malik hit him in the face and threatened to tie him up, but Farrell said it was not necessary.

Mr Lonsdale gave them his pin number and Farrell went off in a taxi to withdraw £250 from his bank account at Asda on the Canterbury Estate, Bradford, Miss Silverton said. She then went to his home and burgled two wallets and a laptop computer.

Mr Lonsdale managed to escape from the house and ran to a nearby takeaway, the jury was told.

The trial continues.

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