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DNA links accused to robbery, court told

By Michael Donnelly

A 24-year-old man whose DNA was found on a discarded balaclava and jacket has gone on trial accused of robbing a Spar shop of £430 armed with a hammer.

Although Jonathan David Wray, with an address at Inniscarn Drive, Newtownabbey, cannot be identified from CCTV footage captured at the time of the robbery on June 28 last year, the prosecution claim the mask and rain jacket can be linked to him.

Prosecutor David Russell told Belfast Crown Court that staff at the Rathcoole shop described the tattooed robber wearing a peaked-cap hood which covered the lower part of his face, and a Northern Ireland supporters' rain jacket.

Police later recovered similar clothing, together with a pair of socks, during what was described as "a rummage search" of the surrounding area.

Judge Paul Ramsey QC was told the clothing "was consistent with what was worn by the robber" and was recovered from the area in the direction in which he had fled.

The court also heard that DNA was recovered both from the balaclava and jacket which was "a clear major DNA profile matching that of the accused".

Mr Russell said that Wray was interviewed two months later, but denied being in any way involved and that he had no part or role in the hold-up.

The trial, expected to end later this week, continues.

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