Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Voice 'gave masked gunman away'

A masked intruder accused of brandishing a gun at a mother and baby was allegedly recognised by his voice, the High Court heard.

Prosecutors claimed the woman identified David Harper when his fake English accent lapsed during a raid on her Craigavon home last week.

He is accused of being one of two men who broke into the house in the middle of the night, demanding money and to know where her partner was.

The targeted family temporarily left the area in fear, the court was told.

Harper (28), of Avenue Road, Lurgan, denies charges of aggravated burglary and possession of a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence.

Bail was refused by a judge.

Two men were said to have forced their way into the house at Drumellan Court shortly before 6am on October 13.

They went upstairs to the woman and her baby daughter, while her partner, who had been sleeping on a sofa, fled outside, according to the prosecution.

Barrister Kate McKay said a gun was produced and pointed at the woman. It is suspected of being a BB-type weapon.

"She was able to identify this applicant. It was voice recognition," Mrs McKay told the court.

"Initially he had an English accent, but he slipped back into his normal accent."

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