the north face jackets ‘I feared I would be shot outside my house’
Speaking from behind screens at Basildon Crown Court yesterday, Mrs Lowe said: “Initially when I got out of the car, I thought someone was messing about.
“Quite quickly I realised they weren’t when I saw what they were holding.
“The men came into the hall and said something like ‘is there a safe in this house?’ and then ‘you know what we’re here for’ and Lesley was shouting ‘I think Tim is dead’.”
The jury heard how Mrs Lowe then saw Glen hand the men a bag which she said contained 5,000 before they ran off.
On cross examination, defence barrister Richard Christie suggested that police claim there was an estimated 45,000 in the bag and that it was used by Glen for “drugs or money laundering” which she denied.
Mrs Lowe said: “No. There is no way there was 45,000 in that bag.”
She also told the court the cash was not kept in a bank account because she was claiming tax credits and did not want that to be affected.
Colin Garrod, 50,
of Crowborough Road, Southend, and Andrew McVicar, 33, of Dewsgreen, Basildon, are both charged with the manslaughter of Tim Smith, the robbery of Mrs Lowe’s husband Glen Mottram and possession of an imitation firearm.