Brighton man cleared of armed burglary

Posted On 22 Jul 2021 at 7:57 pm

A Brighton man who was accused of burgling a flat, armed with a knife and a baseball bat, has been cleared of the charge.

Leon Tierney, 22, of Tillstone Street, Brighton, was accused of carrying out the aggravated burglary at a ground floor flat in the Hanover area.

But today (Thursday 22 July) he was acquitted by a jury at Brighton Crown Court after just 10 minutes of deliberation.

Tierney had been accused of entering the flat in Southover Street “with others unknown”.

The occupants said that a wallet, mobile phones and a rucksack were stolen in the raid.

His co-defendant Runa-Rose Mathias, also known as Runa Mathias, 22, of Appledore Road, Moulsecoomb, was also cleared of handling stolen goods.

She was accused of handling a wallet and its contents, belonging to Reuben Kirby, knowing that it had been stolen.

The case against Mathias was dismissed by the judge, Mr Recorder Jones, who said that she had no case to answer.

The burglary and handling offences were alleged to have taken place in November 2018.

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