THE elderly victim of an alleged armed robbery has told a court the first thing he knew of a knife was when it was held against his throat.
Jacob Evans, 25, of Fergusson Street, Camperdown, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrate Court yesterday for a committal hearing.
He told the court he would plead not guilty to armed robbery and guilty to burglary, attempted theft, criminal damage and four charges of theft.
This week a co-accused, Damien Allen Searle, 27, of Wright Street, Camperdown, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court to armed robbery, burglary, attempted theft and four charges of theft.
Searle, who put a knife to the throat of the elderly driver, was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment and will have to serve three years before being eligible for parole.
Yesterday, the elderly victim told the magistrate’s court that on May 19 about 10.30am two men knocked on the door of his house and told him they had broken down in the bush and needed a lift into town — describing it as more of a demand than a request.
The man said he was offered $20 to help but told them he was happy to help without the money.
He said his wife gave a drink of water to one of the men, whose demeanour was quite threatening and he feared for his wife’s safety.
The man said as the shorter man sat in the front of the car beside him, his partner in the back seat produced a knife.
“The first thing I knew about it, it was across my throat,” he said.
Under cross-examination he said he saw the knife out of the corner of his eye and it “felt damn sharp” when it touched him, adding that he was “crapping himself”.
The man said he told them that if the knife was taken away they could have his car.
He said the man next to him then put the car into park and got into the driver’s seat after the victim got out.
Mr Evans will appear in the Geelong County Court on November 21.