‘Drunk’ bricklayer accused of Lando Norris watch theft alters appearance, phone number but pleads innocence despite DNA match

McLaren driver Lando Norris had a tussle with the other side of the law when his £144,000 Richard Mille watch was stolen during the Euro 2020 final in Wembley, but it was soon recovered.

A bricklayer has been roped in with the belief that he allegedly committed the offence, but the 25-year-old suspect’s version of the story has added extra drama to the situation.

Liam Williams, who allegedly stole Lando’s watch, has claimed in his defence that he was not responsible for the theft. Rather, he was shown the made-to-measure timepiece in a pub.

What makes this watch so special and rare?

Lando Norris' Richard Mille timepiece. Credit: sportsmag.com
Lando Norris’ Richard Mille timepiece. Credit: sportsmag.com

The incident being mentioned saw Lando getting grabbed by one stranger, while another wrestled the watch out of his hand while he was walking towards his sports car after England’s defeat to Italy in the final.

The watch looks great on Lando’s hand, but its importance is accentuated by the fact that there are only five such watches available across the world.

Given that there are only five going around in the world, the strap of the watch, known as the RM6702, was specifically designed keeping Lando’s hand measurement.

Therefore, it added extra aura to Lando’s accessory and perhaps was the leading reason behind the theft in the first place.

Defendant’s DNA found on Lando’s arm

Interestingly, Liam Williams’ DNA was found on Lando’s arm, but he explained a completely different version of the story.

Liam denied the robbery altogether and explained how he had traveled from Merseyside to London hoping to ‘bunk in’ and watch the Euro final.

“It was last minute thing, I didn’t know I was going down until two days before,” Liam said

He explained how he was accompanied by three other friends who drove down from Liverpool in a black Mercedes. However, none of them had a ticket for the Euro final.

The defendant’s version of the night’s events

Lando Norris. Credit: sportskeeda.com
Lando Norris. Credit: sportskeeda.com

The story takes another turn as Liam said he “bumped into” a Londoner who he had met at a Croatia music festival.

As the night progressed and his hopes of entering the stadium diminished, he ended up watching the game on his mobile phone outside a Wembley pub.

“After the match at the pub, around 12am, the two other members that were with us left,” he said.

“Shortly after, within the hour, the two lads that had joined us, they came back with the watch and were showing it to the three lads I was with.

“At that point I didn’t realise that had been stolen.”

His lawyer asked him a question to knit the story together.

“They were showing the watch and I think you said at that point you didn’t know anyone had been robbed?”

Liam simply replied saying, “No. Conversations were happening I thought they had just found it, I wasn’t really in the conversation.”

His lawyer then went on to seek a clear answer from the accused, asking him if he had any involvement in the robbery.

“No, I did not,” Liam said.

Liam refuses to provide contact details of friends

Lando Norris at the Euro 2020 final. Credit: gpfans.net
Lando Norris at the Euro 2020 final. Credit: gpfans.net

The story became dicey when Liam refused to give any contact details of the three friends he was travelling with, claiming that he was no longer in touch with any of them.

In what clearly seems like swinging the story from one branch to another, Liam then said that he had received threatening calls warning him not to speak about the watch.

When he was asked why his DNA was present on Lando’s arm that night, he failed to come up with an answer.

“Basically, at the party with the lads from London I was on the balcony, and I was on a video call on Instagram discussing the match with a friend from home and these lads having a watch and blah blah blah and one of the lads heard me and it got a bit heated.

“They were saying ‘why were you discussing the watch’… I don’t know if they thought I was setting them up.

“Then on the Tuesday I could see all these telephone calls I had a number ringing me in the night and at this point I didn’t know who it was but as they were talking to me.

“It was the same lad I had the argument with he was just saying ‘don’t mention anything about the watch’ to ‘keep my mouth shut and say no more’.

“He kept arguing with me down the phone and next day he did the same thing and just basically threatening me and at this point I thought I’m going to have to change my phone number.

“And when I got arrested, I changed my phone number… I was a bit scared I was getting threats and stuff,” Liam said.

What did Lando tell the police?

Liam Williams and Lando Norris. Credit: dailymail.co.uk
Liam Williams and Lando Norris. Credit: dailymail.co.uk

Lando explained his version of events to the police.

“After attending Wembley Stadium I was speaking to members of the public and noticed Suspect One and Suspect Two walk around my car, while I was talking to other people,” a police statement read.

“I noticed them looking at my car and myself and the first one was keeping his head down and had his right hand near his pocket.

“Suspect One slowly approached me and asked me: ‘Is this your car?’ I don’t recall exactly what happened, but Suspect One then went behind me and put his right arm around my neck and his left arm under my back.

“Suspect One pulled me into him and pulled me back on my neck, meaning I was facing the sky and I couldn’t see him at this point.

“Suspect One told Suspect Two to grab my watch. He shouted multiple times: ‘Grab the watch.’

“Suspect One was holding me the whole time and Suspect Two was trying to grab the watch.

“He struggled for a while and then used force to pull the watch off, leaving scratches on my arm.”

Eye witnesses refuse to take stand

Lando Norris. Credit: skysports.com

There is apparently an eye witness Jason Parish according to the police, but he refrained from getting involved in the proceedings and chose not to make any statement.

“He said: ‘I can’t really help you.’ He was not interested in getting involved and nobody else came forward,” a police officer said.

“There was one other person sitting in a car, but they could not help and several people sitting in a coach said they did not really see anything, but were there, which was not very helpful.”

What almost proves that Liam was involved in some way or the other is that two swabs were taken from Lando’s hand for DNA sampling, which makes the test 37 million times more accurate.

Even Norris’ friend Max, who had travelled with him and saw the entire thing unfold, refused to provide the police with any information.

“I did not get any statement at all from anybody. Everyone said: ‘I can’t help, I don’t want to get involved’,” Lando said.

“When I contacted them they did not want to give a statement. Nobody wanted to give me any statement at all and Max would not provide a statement.”

Liam handed himself in for identification

Lando Norris. Credit: planetf1.com
Lando Norris. Credit: planetf1.com

When police arrived at Liam’s parents’ house in Liverpool, they were granted permission to search the entire place without a warrant.

A few days later, Liam handed himself over to the police as Lando was brought in on helicopter to identify the defendant.

However, Lando was not able to pick anyone out.

Liam continued his story, explained to the jury present that he was threatened by a number of people and this is what eventually made him get rid of his phone.

“I was told if I named anyone there would be consequences, I was threatened,” he said.

“They had the watch out at the party, but I did not really want to get involved. I realised the watch was stolen.

“I started receiving threats. My suspicion was these lads thought I would give them up for the reward.”

The prosecutor was having none of it, though, He suggested that Liam got rid of his phone because he was scared that he would get caught.

“You knew you committed this robbery and were worried about being traced,” the prosecutor said, looking at Liam.

Liam refuted this. “I don’t agree with that,” he said.

Was shaving head and bear coincidence or attempt at foiling identity?

Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. Credit: sportsmole.co.uk
Max Verstappen and Lando Norris. Credit: sportsmole.co.uk

Another thing that adds to suspicion that Liam could indeed be the culprit is the fact that he shaved his head and beard in what clearly looks like an attempt to foil identification.

Liam was further hounded by the prosecutor as a grainy CCTV footage was displayed in court.

“That’s you waking with your spoils isn’t it? It was you who robbed Lando Norris that evening,” he said.

“One of you pulled his neck back and the other pulled the watch off his wrist.”

Liam stuck to his guns. “You are just making that assumption,” he said.

“I am not telling a story. I am giving my account.”

While the trial is yet to get over, it seems increasingly likely that some sort of verdict will soon be reached.

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