Guilty: Armed robber who pointed gun at woman
A JURY have found a man accused of armed robbery guilty.
Mark Bastiman, aged 40, of Heol Elfed, Llwynhendy, had denied robbery and possessing an imitation firearm with intent.
He was convicted in less than two hours by the jury at Swansea Crown Court.
Prosecuting barrister Stephen Rees had told them Bastiman and another man, Lee Huball, had gone to the Samrat Indian takeaway in Llwynhendy on November 3.
The pair were wearing hoodies and had their faces covered when they went inside.
Bastiman went first and was holding a gun. Huball, aged 22, also of Heol Elfed in Llwynhendy, was carrying a knife, described as having a 6in blade.
Bastiman shouted: “Give me the money” while holding the gun at shop worker, Amanda Warner. She originally thought it was a prank but then realised the pair were serious.
She shouted for three teenage girls to run but she remained in the shop.
Kitchen staff described hearing shouting from the takeaway and one told Miss Warner to hand over the money.
She didn’t and tried to back into the kitchen hoping she would be able to close the door on the pair to protect herself.
But as she turned, she saw Huball stood behind her, holding the knife.
She then saw Bastiman leaning over the counter and grabbing the safe from under the counter.
That safe contained £1,500.
The pair then made off.
Bastiman chose not to give evidence in his trial and had given a no comment interview after his arrest.
The defence had called a single witness, James Ride, who said he had seen two men, wearing hoodies in a lane near the takeaway on the night of the robbery.
Mr Ride, who knows Bastiman, said he could say “100 per cent” Bastiman was not one of the two men he saw holding a gun.
After the jury returned their verdict, Judge Paul Thomas told them Huball had named Bastiman as his accomplice during his police interview.
The judge then told Bastiman: “You know there can be only one sentence now and that will be passed next week. In the meantime you will remain in custody”.