When homeowner Andrea Stoute suddenly awoke on August 14, 2015 she thought she was living “something from a movie”.
Stoute said when she retired to bed that night with her granddaughter and left her husband Francis Stoute to lock up their Union Hall, St Philip home, all was well.
“Next thing I knew was I woke up during the night to a very brightly lit room and there were two men who were completely clothed in blue long overalls and hoods on their heads with just holes for their eyes. Their hands were also covered. I couldn’t see their skin to tell their skin colour.”
She continued: “They were carrying guns. I remember specifically a gun that was two to three feet in length…. I felt this was like something out of a movie. And they just said to us ‘where is the money, where is the money?’”
Stoute recalled those details as she gave evidence in a trail against the two men who allegedly burglarised her home at gunpoint.
“I was really terrified,” she told the No. 5 Supreme Court.
Michael Sylvester Marshall, 46, of Belle Road, St Michael and Richan Robert
Walrond, 28, of Back Ivy, St Michael are facing a nine-member jury and Madam Justice Pamela Beckles charged with unlawfully removing Stoute from Union Hall, St Philip without her consent; entering the residence of Francis Stoute with a firearm and stealing $160, as well as a necklace valued $787.50 and a bracelet worth $1,500 belonging to Andrea Stoute.
They are also alleged to have assaulted Francis Stoute occasioning him actual bodily harm and entering Richard Stoute and Sons as trespassers and stealing BDS$4,492.05 and US$516 belonging to the proprietor.
Stoute, answering questions from Principal Crown Counsel Krystal Delaney said her husband was sleeping at the time but woke up as the two men went to his side of the bed.
“He then reacted ‘what the hell are y’all doing in here?’ which scared me”, she said adding that the men immediately told them to turn around and “cover our heads with pillows”.
The men she said continued demanding money. Her husband she explained said he had no money while she said her bag was downstairs.
“They say ‘you are Stoute from the gas station you got to have money’,” she said adding that her husband’s family owns that establishment. She stated that they do not work there but at a real estate company named Ronald Stoute and Sons.
She said they then spoke about going to the office but they would leave her husband behind but take her and her grand daughter along.
But she said what really scared her during the ordeal was when the “shorter one . . . held a gun to my face and said this is a real gun you need to cooperate”.
She eventually left the house with her granddaughter accompanied by the two perpetrators and drove to the office where she unlocked the safe and gave the man that had come inside with her the money. She stated that she just wanted to get back to her granddaughter who was still in the car with the other robber and her husband.
On the way back home the perpetrator, “the taller of the two” who had gone into the office with her said: “‘I don’t usually do this kind of thing’ but he lost his job, had children, it was the government’s fault. . .”
She said when they got back home the two men subsequently left after putting duct tape on her feet and over her eyes but she never heard or saw them leave. The witness said she was then able to free her self and cut the cable ties binding her husband before calling the police and family.
She said during the course of the investigations the police brought Marshall back to her home with their consent and it was then that she was informed that he had one hand. Marshall she said told the police how he had managed to get into the house and other details.
Under cross-examination by Marshall, Mrs Stoute admitted that she never saw a man with one hand in her house or at her office on the night.
“All I took in were the guns and masks… I was in a state of shock… all I saw was guns… I was terrified.”
She will take the stand again on Monday when the case resumes at 9:30 a.m.