Jurors in the trial of a man accused of staging an armed robbery on a village post office are now set to hear the defence case as the trial enters its fourth week.
Anton Stepniewski is alleged to have staged the raid on the post office in the village of Fiskerton near Lincoln, escaping with almost £3,000 after threatening the cashier with a hand gun.
The trial at Lincoln Crown Court, which was only scheduled to last four days, has now entered its fourth week.
Jurors have been shown extensive video footage of the area surrounding the post office which is an outreach service housed in the local village hall.
The prosecution allege that Stepniewski drove from the Gainsborough area before parking up in Hall Lane, Fiskerton, shortly before the robbery took place.
They claim Stepniewski then used a quad bike to make his way to a shelter near to the village hall before entering the building on foot.
Afterwards Stepniewski is alleged to have fled on the quad bike and driven it into the back of the van before leaving the village.
Stepniewski was later arrested but initially claimed he had been nowhere near Fiskerton on the day of the raid.
Police discovered the van he was driving had a tracking device which revealed the vehicle had been parked in Fiskerton at the time of the raid having travelled to the village via Caenby Corner.
And items of clothing including a balaclava and a glove found in a dog waste bin were found to contain traces of Stepniewski’s DNA
Prosecution barrister David Allen closed his case on the afternoon of Monday, September 7, and the trial was then adjourned to await the commencement of the defence case.
Anton Stepniewski, 26, of Sturgate, near Gainsborough, denies charges of robbery of the post office cashier Joseph Stuffins and possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit robbery on February 10.
Due to the extended length of the trial one juror has been discharged to allow her to resume her university studies.
Therefore, the trial continues with 11 jurors.