Pair accused of robbing and beating up man after enticing him to Northampton house through Grindr website, Crown Court told

Aftermath of the car crash at Home Farm Close, Little Billing on July 22, 2015.
Aftermath of the car crash at Home Farm Close, Little Billing on July 22, 2015.

An alleged robber crashed a stolen car in Northampton -damaging a house- after falsely imprisoning the vehicle’s owner, a court has heard.

Jordan Bridge-Simmons, aged 20, used a social network app aimed at gay people called Grindr to contact his victim and arranged a meeting on July 21 last year at the defendant’s house in Northampton.

Northampton Crown Court heard allegations that during the evening the victim was shown around the house by Bridge-Simmons but, when they reached a bedroom, was pushed onto a bed, and the lights were turned off.

At that point, 20-year-old Tyrone Platt burst in and started yelling at the victim asking what he was doing with Platt’s ‘boyfriend’, the jury was told.

Prosecutors said the victim says he was then repeatedly kicked and punched over the course of an hour - at one point with both defendants naked - before Platt walked him to a cash machine and made him withdraw £300, leaving his car keys at the house.

Prosecutor Steven Kemp said the cash machine showed a balance of £1,600 and Platt allegedly said the victim “was a rich man and could afford £300”.

Mr Kemp said Platt added: “The last nonce, he gave me £1,000.”

On their return, the pair saw that the victim’s car had crashed into a Mini Cooper, which had then careered into a neighbouring house, and Bridge-Simmons was seemingly having a fit nearby, the court was told.

The victim was then allegedly ordered by Platt to go home and report the vehicle stolen in the morning. However, he instead walked to Weston Favell police station where he told officers about his ordeal.

Meanwhile, Bridge-Simmons was taken to Northampton General Hospital where he was placed in a medically induced coma in intensive care. He was later arrested at the hospital and subsequently gave a blood sample which showed Bridge-Simmons was more than twice over the drink-drive limit.

Bridge-Simmons denies actual bodily harm, robbery and false imprisonment.

Tyrone Platt denies false imprisonment.

The trial continues.