Armed robbery accused goes on trial
THE TRIAL of a man accused of pointing a gun at a takeaway worker during an armed robbery where £1,500 was taken, has begun.
Mark Bastiman is accused of holding a gun at Amanda Warner and shouting “Give me the money” while she worked in the Samrat takeaway in Llwynhendy.
A second man, armed with a knife was also involved.
Prosecuting barrister Stephen Rees told Swansea Crown Court that Bastiman is alleged to have kicked open the door of the takeaway before marching towards the counter and pointing the gun straight at Ms Warner’s head.
She said she originally thought he was playing a practical joke but then realised it was a genuine robbery.
She then shouted at three teenage girls who were in the shop, to run, which they did.
Ms Warner tried to back towards the kitchen but then saw the second man, holding a knife, described as being 6in long, standing behind her.
As she turned, she then saw Bastiman leaning over the counter and grabbing a safe which contained £1,500 before the pair ran off.
Her statement was read to the court in which she said she was frightened and thought he would hurt her. She described moving behind the counter hoping it would shield her.
Bastiman, aged 40, of Heol Elfed, Llwynhendy, denies robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent.
Mr Rees said: “The prosecution say that the man holding the firearm was the defendant. Why do we say that? For this reason, because he confessed to committing the crime to a friend of his.”
Mr Rees said he told Jason Walters, who will be the first prosecution witness, that he had been with Bastiman earlier on November 3 and overheard him talking about targeting the shop. He says that following the robbery, Bastiman also described holding the gun to Ms Warner’s head.
Mr Walters says Bastiman also showed him the gun, later identified as a BB gun.
The trial continues.