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I did robberies, but I didn't try to kill man
TEENAGER has admitted four robberies, two attempted robberies and one GBH – but denies attempting to murder a man in Westcliff.
Unemployed Eric Cantona Brophy, 18, pleaded guilty to the offences which happened the day before a stabbing in Fairfax Drive, took place at 7pm on Thursday, June 11.
He stole mobile phones, bags, and cash from teenagers.
Brophy, of St Mary’s Road, Southend, was ushered back into custody after the brief plea and case management hearing and began to shout obscenities at the judge and security guards.
He became frustrated when Judge John Lodge banned him from talking to family members and friends who had gathered in the public gallery, and refused to leave the dock.
Brophy called security staff “a bunch of *****” and ordered Judge Lodge to “stop looking at me like I’m a little *****”.
He finally returned to custody when his defence lawyer Karl Volz warned him he could face further charges for contempt of court.
Brophy and carpenter Connor Freeman, also 18, are accused of leaving Kaz Salih, 20, with four life-threatening punctures to his lung after the attack in Fairfax Drive.
Both pleaded not guilty to attempted murder at Basildon Crown Court yesterday.
He will be sentenced for four robberies, two attempted robberies and one grievous bodily harm after the outcome of the attempted murder trial, which is due to start on November 25.
Freeman, of Southchurch Boulevard, Southend, has been released on bail.
A 17-year-old boy from Southend who was also arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after the stabbing is due to answer police bail on October 29.
Brophy is due to appear at Basildon Crown Court again today, via video link from Chelmsford Prison, in relation to a further robbery and assault charge.
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