Danielle Lloyd backs up robbery suspect’s alibi
Friends of model Danielle Lloyd today backed an armed robbery suspect’s alibi that he was partying with the glamour model at the time of a building society raid.
Former Miss Great Britain Miss Lloyd, 26, has told jurors how she was with Craig Mason, 31, at the time he said to have helped rob Nationwide in Brightlingsea, Essex.
Miss Lloyd, mother to a four-month-old baby boy by Spurs star Jamie O’Hara, said Mason was at her Field of Women breast cancer awareness event at the Embassy nightclub in London’s West End.
The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant said Mason then attended an after party at the home of her friend Lois Smith in Chigwell, at the time of raid on October 11, 2007.
Mrs Smith said she saw Mason throughout the night before inviting him and Miss Lloyd back to her Chigwell home.
When prosecutor Michael Shaw suggested Mrs Smith was “mistaken”, she hit back: “I have not come here to lie, I have come here to tell you the truth.”
Mason’s barrister Neil Baki presented Mrs Smith and the jury with copies of photos allegedly taken on the night, with one snap including Mason.
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Miss Lloyd had earlier told the court: “I definitely saw him throughout the night, along with the rest of my friends.”
Mason denies the robbery which saw raiders rain down blows on a guard with a pickaxe handle and make off with �80,000.
He further denies an �81,000 robbery in Holt, Norfolk, in January 2008, allegedly carried out with accused ringleader Danny Speed, 29, and Lee Watson, 42.
In all, seven suspects deny donning Special Forces-type outfits and striking across East Anglia as guards replenished cash machines.
The gang are said to have also pulled off a string of raids including jobs in Kings Lynn and Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, netting a total of �341,000.
Mason, of no fixed address, denies two counts of conspiracy to rob.
Speed, Eisenhower Drive, Beckton, denies two counts of conspiracy to burgle, six counts of conspiracy to rob and two counts of having a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence.
Watson, of the same address as Speed, denies two counts of conspiracy to rob and having a firearm with intent.
Andrew McCracken, 31, of Earlsdown House, Barking, denies two counts conspiracy to rob and two counts of having a firearm with intent.
Aaron Wiltshire, 23, of Downing Road, Dagenham, and James Cook, 29, of Hyndman House, Kershaw Road, Dagenham, both deny conspiracy to burgle and conspiracy to rob.
James Sweeney, 29, of no fixed address, denies conspiracy to rob.
Mark Richards, 29, of Berwick Road, Rainham, admits his role and is not before the jury.
The trial continues.