Men deny robbing store in Langtoft at knifepoint

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Two men robbed a village store of £1,000 in cash after holding up a shop assistant at knifepoint, a jury has heard.

Luke Hamilton and Fabio Teixeira, both 26, are alleged to have chosen the Londis store in West End, Langtoft because it was a “soft target”.

It is claimed the shopworker was frightened into opening the till after Teixeira threatened her with a large knife.

Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, told Lincoln Crown Court the incident happened on New Year’s Eve in 2009 and the assisant, who was in her 60s, was working behind the till in the shop.

He said: “She was no doubt looking forward to knocking off for the day and seeing in 2010 with her family. “Unbeknown to her, she was soon to be the victim of a robbery at the hands of these two.

“Luke Hamilton and Fabio Teixeira, who both lived in Peterborough at the time, travelled up to Lincolnshire to commit this offence.

“The small village shop they chose to attack was a soft target.”

Mr Aspden said the pair took balaclavas with them to disguise their faces and gloves so as not to leave fingerprints, together with a crowbar and a large knife.

Shortly after 3.10pm CCTV showed two masked men walking into the store.

Mr Aspden said: “Luke Hamilton, who was carrying the iron bar, went behind the counter and tried without success to get the till open. Fabio Teixeira stood guard with the large knife.”

The court heard the shopworker then came across the intruders after coming out of a store cupboard.

Mr Aspden told the jury: “Mr Teixeira threatened her with the large knife and ordered her to open the till.”

It is alleged Teixeira and Hamilton then drove back to Peterborough after fleeing with around £1,000 in cash and some cigarette papers.

But Mr Aspden told the jury: “They made a number of mistakes which led police to identify them.”

Mr Aspden said a camera outside the store showed the two robbers hanging around outside the shop before they pulled down their balaclavas, and Hamilton’s finger prints were later found in Teixeira’s car.

Teixeira, 26, of High Street, Fletton, Peterborough and Hamilton, 26, of no fixed address, both deny the robbery on December 31, 2009.

Teixeira told police that he spent the day at home with his girlfriend only going out to visit a supermarket in Peterborough city centre.

Hamilton made no comments during a series of interviews with officers.

The trial continues.