Graff sales exec believed colleague had been shot

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Clive Golanski tells court he was too frightened to raise the alarm.

The trial of the nine men accused of robbing Graff last year continues and yesterday the court heard from senior sales executive Clive Golanski who said he did not raise the alarm because he feared for his life.

Golanski said he feared he would be shot by one of the raiders if he made a move during the robbery. He told Woolwich Crown Court in London: “He’d have pulled the trigger.”

The senior sales executive described how the intruders shouted and swore at Graff staff and forced them to lie on the floor. Golanski said that when the robbers forced shop assistant Petra Uhnar out of the shop at gunpoint he believed she had been shot after he heard the shots fired by the raiders into the air.

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“It was a scene of great shock,” Golanski told the court. “It’s a little bit of a feeling of relief because you are still alive, no one has been shot, no one has been hurt and ebverybody is thankful they are in one piece.”

Gloanski said he had immediate suspicions about the men who entered the store on August 6 as they were wearing gloves. He said: “I was suddenly struck with a feeling that something bad was going to happen.”

All men on trial have denied charges of conspiracy to rob. Store manager Martin Legatt has also denied claims by the defence that he was involved in the robbery and that it was an inside job.

 

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