Joanna Dixon, former England star Tom Huddlestone's wife, said that she thought that she might get killed or raped by masked robbers when they stole expensive items from the couple's home in 2019.

Nottingham Crown Court was recently told that the robbers "stole items worth 500,000 pounds ($6,13,862.50) including a Football Association Challenge Cup medal" from the couple’s home in Caythorpe, Nottinghamshire. Other items stolen included a 121,000 pounds ($1,48,563.80) engagement ring and two of Huddlestone’s watches worth 40,000 pounds ($49,111.08) and 18,000 pounds ($22,099.99), reported Daily Mail.

On Thursday, a statement was read to the court by prosecutor Samuel Skinner. In the statement, Dixon said that during a break-in at the property on May 1, 2019, she went through a "range of emotions." The men had tied her up with cable ties at the time. Dixon’s statement said that she was predominantly scared, but she "was also concerned for my son."

Ashley Cumberpatch, Andrew MacDonald and Kurtis Dilks are accused of conspiring together to rob her. The three are also accused to have converted criminal property alongside jewellers Tevfik Guccuk and Sercan Evsin on May 2, 2019.

Dixon said that as the robbers raided drawers and safes, they told her that they knew Huddlestone was playing a match for Derby County away at Swansea City. Her statement read that on May 1, 2019, she was at home with her son while her husband was away playing a football match. She had put her toddler son down at around 8.30 pm that night before getting into bed, according to The Sun.

Her statement read that one of the bedroom doors opened and she thought it was her husband, but she wasn’t expecting him back until 2 a.m. Later she realized that she was faced with someone who wasn’t Huddlestone. Dixon said that the robbers told her not to make "this difficult, we don’t want to manhandle you." She was under the sheets and just wearing underwear, she was "very vulnerable at the time." She said, "I thought they might kill or rape me. I was utterly powerless."

Dilks is slapped with four charges of converting criminal property, three charges of conspiracy to commit burglary, two counts of robbery and three charges of conspiracy to commit robbery. MacDonald, Cumberpatch, Guccuk and Evsin, alongside a woman and five other men are also on trial, reported BBC. They are in trouble for their alleged part in a series of "ruthlessly executed" burglaries, including the theft of a £3.5 million ($42,97,667.50) tiara.

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Tom Huddlestone of Hull City reacts during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Hull City and Everton at MKM Stadium on January 08, 2022 in Hull, England. Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images

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