Homeless Braunton man admits role in Knowle Garage armed robbery
A homeless man has admitted taking part in a terrifying meat cleaver robbery in which a brave shop assistant was caught on CCTV as she tried to fend off two attackers.
Jamie Latta pleaded guilty to being part of a three strong group who held up the Knowle Filling Station shop in Braunton on November 10 last year.
The shop’s security camera captured dramatic footage of 65-year-old grandmother Trude Mian fighting back against two masked intruders who were armed with a cleaver and a kitchen knife.
She tried to defend the takings in her till but the £50 was eventually taken before the attackers disappeared from the camera’s view and made their getaway.
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A man and woman from Holsworthy appeared at Exeter Crown Court for the first time accused of taking part in the same robbery.
Latta, from Braunton, who had no fixed abode at the time, admitted robbery and an unrelated theft and assault.
He was remanded in custody by Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, at Exeter Crown Court to await the conclusion of the other two cases.
Lee Prouse, 23, and Jordane Morris, 20, both of Stanhope Square, Holsworthy, were not asked to make and plea and spoke only to confirm their names when they appeared at the preliminary hearing.
They are both charged with robbery and Prouse faces other offences of making false representation to obtain a total of £757.92 worth of accommodation from the Barnstaple Hotel, the Cedars Inn in Barnstaple, and the Star Hotel in Clevedon, Somerset.
He is also accused of possession of cannabis with intent to supply.
Judge Gilbert set a timetable for the progress of their cases with a plea and case management hearing on May 31 and a provisional trial date of October 28.
Prouse was remanded in custody and Morris was released on conditional bail.
The other offences which Latta has admitted are the theft of a watch, clothing, jewellery and an X Box from Reuben Densham in October last year and assaulting Mr Densham on the same day. His plea of not guilty to breaching a restraining order in an unrelated incident was accepted by the prosecution.