A lawyer for a Massachusetts man accused of trying to rob a sailboat with the help of a motor boat flying a skull-and-crossbones pirate flag says his client thought he was going to a party.

The Salem News reports (http://bit.ly/ostAQX ) attorney Paul Moraski argued in a court hearing Monday that 30-year-old Gloucester (GLAH'-stur) resident Scott Stanton denies boarding the sailboat. Moraski says 37-year-old co-defendant and Ipswich resident Stephen Jette is the one who boarded.

Gloucester police say the pair boarded the sailboat at a transient mooring last week and woke the sailboat owner. The owner later told police the men's boat was flying the pirates' black-and-white flag.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering, threatening to commit a crime and witness intimidation.


Information from: The Salem News, http://www.salemnews.com