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Man cleared of robbing vulnerable victim following trial

PUBLISHED: 15:02 04 October 2019 | UPDATED: 15:02 04 October 2019

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant library

Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant library

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A Lowestoft man accused of robbing a vulnerable man at knifepoint in his home has been cleared by a jury.

During his trial at Ipswich Crown Court, Shinda Lee claimed that the alleged victim, who has mild learning difficulties, gave him two mobile phones and a games console to settle a debt.

He denied threatening the man with a knife and claimed that the alleged victim had lent him his bike.

Lee, 31, of Snape Drive, Lowestoft, denied robbery and having a knife on February 22 this year and was cleared of both offences after a four day trial.

During the incident Lee allegedly held a kitchen knife to the frightened 24-year-old man's throat and told him he wasn't someone to be messed with.

Lee had allegedly left the victim's flat in Denmark Road, Lowestoft with two of his mobile phones, a games console and his bike.

The court had heard that Lee saw the man in a store in Lowestoft and allegedly claimed that he or his brother owed him £80.

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