25-year-old Kazm Saed, who is charged with multiple counts of kidnap, burglary, and offensive weapons charges, has appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court today (Monday) following incidents in the Whitcombe and Carisbrooke areas last week.
Saed was arrested following 2 large-scale searches involving multiple police units and the National Police Air Service helicopter last week, as first reported by Island Echo.
Magistrates, with a Kurdish language interpreter present, heard this morning that Kazm is accused of breaking into the Mountbatten Warehouse on Newport’s Industrial Estate overnight on 28th into 29th May and stealing 2 computer monitors.
It’s alleged that less than 2 days later Saed – armed with a knife – broke into the home of an 84-year-old man, who was confronted by a male. £200 in notes was taken, alongside a bank card and a pin number. Saed was subsequently arrested by officers on suspicion of burglary but released on police bail the following day – 1st June – as investigations continued.
Ann Smout, prosecuting, explained to the court that on 4th June Saed is accused of entering the home of an elderly couple in their 80s on Nunnery Lane, Carisbrooke before making threats with a knife and demanding cash. Saed is accused of forcing the couple to drive to a cash point in Newport and withdraw £300 each.
The defendant faces 9 charges altogether including 2 counts of robbery, 2 charges of kidnap, 2 charges of burglary with a knife, 1 charge of burglary, and 2 charges of possession of a knife.
With the charges deemed too serious to be dealt with in the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court, the case has been adjourned to the Isle of Wight Crown Court on 12th July 2021. Saed, who denies the charges against him, has been remanded in custody until that date.