‘I got really scared’

Convenience store clerk recalls terror of having gun pointed at her face

Rosie Mullaley rmullaley@thetelegram.com
Published on March 22, 2014
Sean Frampton — Telegram file photo

A store clerk said she will never forget the terrifying feeling of being held up at gun point.

“He put a gun right to my face,” the woman said before breaking down crying.

The woman showed plenty of emotion while testifying Friday at provincial court in St. John’s in the trial of Sean Terrence Frampton.

Frampton, 25, is suspected in an armed robbery that happened Nov. 3, 2013, at Clara’s Mini Mart, located at the corner of Blackmarsh Road and Mundy Pond Road in St. John’s.

He faces charges of armed robbery, having his face masked, possessing a weapon dangerous to the public, breaching a recognizance and breaching conditions of his probation.

The clerk told the court that she was behind the counter when Frampton came in the store. He was wearing black and white skeleton gloves and a skeleton handkerchief over his face.

“He threw a small grey (plastic) bag at me and said, ‘All the money in the bag,’” she said.

“At first, I thought the gun was fake. I had never seen a real one before.”

She said as Frampton was giving her the bag, his handkerchief slipped down to his chin, allowing her to see his face.

She said she recognized Frampton from the neighbourhood, but only knew him by his street name, “Smash.”

She handed him what money was in the register. Fortunately, she said, she had just cleared it, “like, just two minutes before,” so he only got away with about $100 in $20 bills and $100 in $5 bills.

When he ran out the door to an waiting car, she locked the store door.

“When he left, I threw up,” she said, wiping tears. “I got really scared.”

She immediately called police, but also texted her boyfriend to ask him what Smash’s real name was.

“I knew his name before, from hanging around with him years ago. I just forgot,” she said.

When asked by Crown prosecutor if she was sure Frampton was the armed robber, she said, “I’m a trillion per cent sure.”

However, on cross-examination by defence lawyer Scott Hurley, she said she thought the robber’s eyes were blue. Frampton’s eyes were brown.

The case continues Tuesday.


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