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Toy gun ‘linked to robbery suspect’

A suspected bank robber has been linked to the crime by the barrel of a toy gun accidentally left behind at the scene, a court heard.

Gregory Tucker is accused of robbing the Butterfield Bank in St George's and making off with cash on June 9 last year, and using an imitation firearm to commit the crime.

Yesterday, on the first day of Mr Tucker's trial, a jury at the Supreme Court was shown CCTV footage of a man in a red-hooded sweatshirt entering the bank, leaping over the counter and brandishing a weapon at staff members.

After money was handed over to the robber, whose face and body were mostly covered, he made his escape to York Street, where he was filmed on CCTV shortly after midday.

Detective Sergeant Peter Thompson, a member of the forensics support unit, told the court that he attended the scene after the robbery and found “what appeared to be a weapon” on the floor next to a teller's chair. It was later discovered to be the barrel of a toy gun.

Mr Tucker, 24, was arrested almost one month later in connection with the incident.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith said: “He was swabbed for DNA, and was found to be a major contributor on that piece which was left behind during the robbery.”

Ms Smith told the jury that they were dealing with a “circumstantial evidence case”, suggesting that Mr Tucker was either the man who robbed the bank, or that he aided, abetted or enabled an unknown person to commit those offences. “He'd be just as guilty,” she said of the latter possibility.

Ms Smith added: “He was in St George's Parish at the time, he was unemployed and rolls of money were found at his place of residence a few days after the robbery.”

Mr Tucker denies robbery and using an imitation firearm to commit an indictable offence.

The case continues.

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Published January 07, 2016 at 8:00 am (Updated January 07, 2016 at 8:41 am)

Toy gun ‘linked to robbery suspect’

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