Despite allegedly being caught with an imitation gun and cash, an alleged armed robber said it could have been his cousin who “looks very, very similar to him”.Lucy Rutherford
A man who was allegedly caught with an imitation gun and wearing the same clothes as a suspect in CCTV footage has told a court it could have been his cousin who “looks very, very similar to him”.
Jamaine James Sansbury, 34, applied for bail in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Thursday, denying that it was him who committed a serious armed robbery.
A police prosecutor opposed the bail application, saying the allegations were serious and the prosecution case was strong.
The court heard a motor scooter was stolen from a Prospect address between January 8 and 9.
The prosecution alleges Sansbury rode the stolen scooter to the Coles express service station at Thebarton on January 11.
“He steals over $1000 worth of cash – he does that using a handgun and pointing that handgun at close range at the consult operator,” the police prosecutor said.
The alleged victim was not physically injured.
The court heard Sansbury was arrested the following day at a West Croydon address.
“The motor scooter is located at that time and the applicant was wearing some clothes that matched up with the CCTV footage,” the police prosecutor said.
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The court heard police found a silver imitation gun at the address and Sansbury had cash on him in similar denominations that were stolen from the service station.
Sansbury, of Devon Park, is charged with committing theft using force and possessing a firearm.
He is yet to enter any pleas.
Nick Vadasz, for Sansbury, told the court Sansbury who is a father-of-three said it wasn’t him who committed the robbery.
“I was provided with still photographs (from the CCTV footage) – I’ve shown those photographs to Ms Sansbury (Sansbury’s mother) and she replied ‘that’s not my son’,” he said.
“You know the value of that,” replied magistrate Brett Dixon.
Mr Dixon told him he wouldn’t be able to use that evidence during a trial.
Mr Vadasz said it was simply a case of mistaken identity.
“His instructions are that a cousin of his – that looks very, very similar to him – came to his house, stayed and left,” he said.
The court heard the cousin allegedly left behind the stolen scooter and a backpack which had the gun in it.
Mr Dixon denied Sansbury bail.
“In my view the prosecution case is strong,” he said.
The charges were adjourned until May.
Extracted in full from: Jamaine Sansbury denies robbing a service station with a handgun | The Advertiser (adelaidenow.com.au)