A man hit over the head in an aggravated armed robbery of the Mowbray Hotel in 2018 told a Supreme Court jury that blood had squirted up the walls after he was struck.
Bar attendant Ross Freeman was giving evidence in the trial of Michael Samuel Charlesworth and Matthew Luke Williams of Rocherlea who have both pleaded not guilty to the robbery about 8.40pm on May 9, 2018.
Defence counsel Evan Hughes said that there was no doubt that a robbery occurred and somebody was wounded, but says the issue is the identity of the robbers.
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Mr Freeman said he was working as a bartender and gaming attendant on the night.
He said a gentleman appeared in the gaming bar soon after a vehicle arrived in the car park on a rainy night.
Under questioning from Crown prosecutor John Ransom Mr Freeman said the man had yelled “give me money, give me all the money”.
“I went to go through a doorway where Rebecca [bar manager Rebecca Mundy] was and another gentleman hit me across the top of the head,” he said.
“Blood was running down my face and blood squirted up the walls, everywhere.”
He said he straightened himself up and activated an alarm.
He said he had turned to face the man with the weapon who said: “I’ll use it”.
In her evidence Ms Mundy, the assistant manager, said she had not been able to see the men’s faces.
“No, only eyes,” she said.
She said she had handed a $50 note that she had in her hand to one of the men.
She said the till was taken and a reconciliation found roughly $1600 was missing.
A Holden Commodore utility seized after the robbery was tested for fingerprints by Senior Constable Tracey Lincoln.
Fingerprint expert Tracey Tobin said eight fingerprints from the vehicle had been examined and two on the outside of the passenger window found to match Mr Charlesworth.
Other fingerprints on the driver’s side matched those of a Launceston man Ziggy Brunskill.
Ms Tobin said examination of prints from the till found in a garage in Verdun St, Mowbray had matched Mr Charlesworth and his brother Brandon Malcolm Charlesworth.
The jury heard that a number of clothing items, black shoes, backpacks, a blue baseball cap and pieces of material as well as an axe and machete found in a washing machine in the garage were tested for DNA.
Also tested were two pairs of red Ansell gloves.
CCTV footage of the robbery shown to the jury showed the robbers wearing distinctive red gloves.
In his opening, Mr Ransom said that the state believed that Messrs Williams and Charlesworth were forensically linked to items of clothing and the gloves.
Forensic scientist Corey Griffiths is expected to give evidence on Wednesday of the DNA results.
The Crown has also called Mr Brunskill and Brandon Charlesworth to give evidence.