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Suspect ‘wet, wearing trunks’ after robbery

Accused of robbery: Gregory Tucker

A suspected bank robber was wet and wearing swimming shorts when stopped by police shortly after the raid, an officer told jurors yesterday.

Police constable Daniel Cole, of the armed response unit, told the Supreme Court he spoke to Gregory Tucker close to the Royal Artillery Association Club on the afternoon of June 9 last year.

Mr Tucker is accused of robbing the Bank of Butterfield branch in St George’s on June 9 and threatening staff with a toy gun before escaping with cash.

The 24-year-old previously told the court he spent the day of the robbery with his cousin, swimming near Fort St Catherine and then smoking marijuana on the rocks.

Prosecutor Nicole Smith, however, questioned his alibi, suggesting that he would have had enough time to commit the robbery at 12.09pm and go for a quick swim before 12.40pm, when he was stopped by police.

Pc Cole was conducting a mobile search of the Town of St George and the surrounding area after responding to the incident at the bank.

He was with another officer when they spotted Mr Tucker and another man walking down the hill that leads to Tobacco Bay, near the Royal Artillery Association Club.

Pc Cole said he recognised Mr Tucker from previous interactions and spoke to him.

Although he could not give an exact time, he said it could “possibly” have been between 12.55pm and 1pm.

“I had approximate times based on the goings on of the incident,” he added.

He said that Mr Tucker had been wet, was wearing “some sort of swimming trunks” and had been carrying a pair of camouflage shorts as well as a plastic cup.

Pc Cole said Mr Tucker told him that he had been hanging out at Tobacco Bay with some friends and having a drink.

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

The case continues.

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