Man accused of convenience store raids denies touching “James Bond” handgun, court hears (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Man accused of convenience store raids denies touching “James Bond” handgun, court hears
A MAN accused of robbing two convenience stores has denied touching a “James Bond” imitation handgun used in the crimes.
Robert Grogan, 50, of no fixed abode, is accused of robbing the Co-op Store in Cranleigh Road, Southbourne, and the Mace store in Sauflands, Highcliffe, on January 12 and 13 this year.
At Bournemouth Crown Court yesterday, Grogan said he had first seen the gun on January 13 when he returned to Gary Harrison’s flat in Westby Road, Boscombe – where he was staying – and found him “fixing it” with a lighter and superglue.
On Tuesday the court heard the gun, found in a drawstring bag at the Westby Road address alongside a wig, gloves, woolly hat and map book, had DNA matching Grogan’s complete profile, but it could have been transferred from the other items.
Yesterday, Grogan told the court he wore the wig and gloves earlier in January, and may have worn the hat while walking his dog, but claimed he never touched the gun.
The court was shown a CCTV image of Grogan wearing a jacket seen at the second robbery outside a Nationwide branch the next day.
He said it was the first time he had worn it and Mr Harrison had loaned it to him to wear out while his wife tried to withdraw their final £5 from her account.
Cross-examining Grogan, who is originally from Belfast, Carolyn Branford-Wood said: “Mr Grogan your DNA is on that imitation firearm because you handled it in the course of this robbery.
“The evidence from the CCTV, the clothing, the DNA, all place you at these two robberies.
“You had financial difficulties and this was one way to solve them.”
He said: “I didn’t steal a penny, and I don’t even know where the Sauflands store is.
“Why would I do a robbery and wear the same jacket out in the street over the next two days?
“Why would I be at the bank the next day trying to withdraw £5?”
Grogan is charged with two counts of robbery and using an imitation firearm.
The trial continues.