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'Masked robber held scissors to shop worker's throat'
6:48pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
A masked robber held a pair of scissors to a coffee shop worker’s throat before imprisoning her and rifling the safe, a jury was told.
Christine Duff thought she was going to die in the raid at the Pumpkin Cafe Shop at Bradford Interchange rail station on April 29.
Joaquim Silva, 34, whose former partner used to manage the kiosk, denies robbing Mrs Duff of £300 in cash and falsely imprisoning her in a storeroom while he made good his escape.
Silva, of Cunliffe Terrace, Manningham, Bradford, also pleads not guilty to burgling Mrs Duff’s work jacket with her name badge on it. He is alleged to have been wearing it when he committed the robbery.
Prosecutor Nick Askins told Bradford Crown Court yesterday Mrs Duff opened up the kiosk at 5.15am and went into the storeroom, where a masked man appeared from behind a tall fridge and demanded she open the safe.
When Mrs Duff told him only the manager had the key, he held a pair of scissors to her throat. Mrs Duff was locked in the room while the raider emptied the safe in the kiosk. He unlocked the door and told her to give him a few minutes to get away.
But Mrs Duff had already phoned her manager and she had called police.
Mr Askins said the issue for the jury to determine was whether Silva was the robber.
When he was arrested later that morning, he denied any knowledge of the offences.
The trial continues.