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‘Scared’ takeaway owner he used meat cleaver and pot lid to fight off ‘armed’ robber

A takeaway owner fought a robber he thought was armed with a curry pot lid and a meat cleaver, a court has heard.

Derek Tang, 44, said he used the items to defend himself and his staff from Allan Fordyce.

Fordyce allegedly robbed the China Town takeaway in Linwood, Renfrewshire, Scotland, at about 11.15pm on June 6, 2020.

During a hearing before Sheriff Tom McCartney at Paisley Sheriff Court, Fordyce has denied assaulting Mr Tang and robbing money from his takeaway.

He said he had an “imitation firearm” made of two metal poles and a piece of wood fashioned to look like a shotgun, the Daily Record reports.

Fordyce lodged a special defence of incrimination, claiming the assault and robbery were committed by Paul McBeth, a man who has since passed away.

Mr Tang in front of his shop
Mr Tang in front of his shop

He has also entered a special defence of alibi, claiming the crime could not have been committed by him as he was at home at the time of the offence.

However, the shop owner identified Fordyce as the man he claims was responsible for the robbery both in court and while speaking to police officers.

Mr Tang explained: “I heard a big bang at the door, I thought there must be something wrong outside. It was very unusual.

“I saw a guy with a big weapon, standing at the takeaway door, inside the kitchen.

“It looked like a gun. It had a double barrel and was wrapped round by a poly bag. It seemed metallic.”

The 44-year-old said he was worried as he thought the raider was armed
The 44-year-old said he was worried as he thought the raider was armed

He said he moved backwards, about a foot away from the man.

Mr Tang explained: “I quickly grabbed my chopper, to defend myself, and a curry pot lid, to use as a shield to defend myself, for my safety.

“He wanted money, he was saying, ‘give me your money’. I felt threatened, but at that point, he only wanted money.

“My wife was nearby, in the kitchen, and staff at the other side of the takeaway.

“I thought, ‘there’s nothing I can do if something goes wrong, it’s quite life threatening’.”

He took the items to defend his staff
He took the items to defend his staff

The court heard he told police in the statement he gave at the time: “I knew it wasn’t a gun as I could see it was poles.”

But he told the jury that it looked like a gun from a distance, before he got up close to the robber.

He said he was “quite scared” during the incident, which saw him trying to get the man “out as quickly as” he could.

He said he could “guarantee” it was not McBeth who had robbed his takeaway on the night in question and that he did not notice a tattoo on the robber’s right hand.

The court was shown a picture of McBeth, who had a yin and yang tattoo on his right hand, lying dead on the floor of his flat in Linwood, with the tattoo visible.

Fordyce maintains his innocence and the trial continues.

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