North East Wales

Man denies part in Queensferry Costcutter robbery

Police cordon outside Costcutter store Image copyright

A man has denied being involved in a robbery where a shopkeeper's neck was cut during an attack at his premises.

Imtiaz Ul Haq, 58, suffered serious injuries to his throat during the incident at the Costcutter store in Queensferry, Flintshire, last December.

One man, Matthew Whelan, 29, from Mancot, has already pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted murder.

His alleged accomplice Leslie Peter Baines, 47, from Connah's Quay, is on trial for robbery at Mold Crown Court.

The prosecution's case is that Mr Baines was aware of Whelan's attack on Mr Haq but did nothing.

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Image caption Leslie Baines says he used Mr Haq's phone to call 999

The court was told the men had spent the night before the robbery drinking together at a house in Queensferry.

The pair walked to Costcutter just before 18:30 on 8 December, with CCTV showing Mr Baines entering the shop followed by Whelan who was armed with a knife.

Whelan went behind the counter and attacked Mr Haq but Mr Baines remained at the scene, the court was told.

He told a police officer that his fingerprints would be found on Mr Haq's mobile phone as he used it to phone 999 for an ambulance.

Whelan was arrested within the hour at a nearby caravan park.

Police viewed CCTV and then Mr Baines was arrested at 01:30 on 9 December.

A search of a garden shed found clothing including a black jacket appearing to be stained with blood.

The trial continues.

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