Prisoner in bid for freedom

Andrew Wadsworth - appeal
Andrew Wadsworth - appeal

A WIGAN man serving a 10-year jail term for an armed raid on a house, in which a young man was injured, has launched a bid to challenge his convictions.

Andrew Vincent Wadsworth was found guilty of aggravated burglary and wounding with intent following a trial at Liverpool Crown Court in February.

But the 28-year-old, of Poolstock Lane, Poolstock, is now battling to have his convictions overturned as “unsafe” at London’s Criminal Appeal Court.

The prosecution case at the trial was that he and an unknown man who is still at large, carried out a raid on a house in Ruabon Crescent, Hindley, in August 2009. Crown lawyers claimed that Wadsworth, armed with a hammer, and his accomplice, said to have brandished a baseball bat, stormed into the house wearing balaclavas at about 10.30pm and terrorised the occupants.

It was alleged that the men demanded money from victim, Craig Anderson, and his girlfriend and that Wadsworth hit Mr Anderson with the hammer. The victim was also attacked with pepper spray before the pair fled.

The court heard Wadsworth was already serving a five-year jail term for armed robbery when he was tried for these offences.

His lawyers this week urged top judges to grant permission for a full appeal hearing, at which they will argue his convictions for aggravated burglary and wounding are “unsafe” because he did not receive a fair trial.

Lord Justice Toulson, sitting with Mr Justice Openshaw and Judge Peter Rook QC, adjourned the case so that legal papers can be prepared.