Two of Ashley Cole’s friends (they claim to carry on friendship with him through telephone chats and BBM) have taken advantage of their celebrity pal by inviting two jewelers to meet him at the Verta hotel in Battersea under the illusion that Ashley was interested in buying some expensive jewels.
Once there though, the two men were beaten up and robbed by Barry ‘Junior’ Eaten, 33, and Raphael Francis, 23. Ashley Cole meanwhile was nowhere to be seen.
One of the Hugo Boss bags containing Rolex diamond watches, diamond earrings, rings and a Casio diamond watch has been recovered since the incident but another bag containing six designer watches worth £110,000 is still missing.
Prosecutor Luke Ponte said in court:
“They thought they were going to meet Ashley Cole — who most of you will know as the England and Chelsea footballer, and the rest of you will know as Cheryl’s ex. They thought they were going to meet him to sell some jewellery because Mr Eaton, in the dock, knew Mr Cole and told them he might be in the market for some jewellery. But they weren’t going to meet Ashley Cole. They were going to be assaulted and robbed by young men with covered faces, one of whom produced what looked like a handgun.”
The suspects both deny the charges, and you can bet Cole has blocked both their arses from his BBM. Clowns.