Eitan Azulay tells how he was so scared he couldn’t sleep for a month.
Graff security guard Eitan Azulay has told London’s Woolwich Crown Court how he “couldn’t sleep for a month” following the raid at the New Bond Street jewellers in August.
Azulay also hit out at accusations made by the defence that the crime was an inside job. He branded the suggestion as “ridiculous”.
During the raid Azulay and a colleague manned the door to the shop. When the raiders fled taking shop assistant Petra Uhnar hostage, Azulay gave chase and said he feared for his life when the robbers opened fire on the street.
He told the court: “I decided that if I was able to tackle them, or at least grab the woman and take her away from them at the price of getting wounded but not killed, it might be worth it."
As they made their escape the robbers released Uhnar but turned and fired at Azulay. He told the court, who watched footage of his attempts to chase the robbers and the gun shot, that he had thought “this is it”.
All nine defendants deny conspiracy to rob. The trial continues.