Man found not guilty of robbing Surlingham Post Office
PUBLISHED: 14:00 14 March 2018 | UPDATED: 17:18 14 March 2018
A man has been cleared of robbing a 75-year-old postmistress in an armed raid on a rural post office.
Kevin Tunmore, 36 was found not guilty of robbing Surlingham Post Office in which the postmistress was repeatedly ordered to open the till, before being forced to hand over £1,000 in cash and postal orders.
Kevin Tunmore, 36, of Low Common, Ashby St Mary, was found not guilty of robbery and was also cleared of possessing an imitation firearm on February 2, last year.
The jury at Norwich Crown Court took ten and half hours to clear Tunmore of all charges.
The court heard that one defendant Neil Chamberlain, 31, of Beechcroft Court, Cringleford, has already admitted his part in the robbery, as he claims he acted as a lookout while two men went into the store.
When the jury returned its verdict, Tunmore smiled and said “thank-you” before being taken back to the cells to collect his belongings.
Judge Anthony Bate thanked the jury and told Tunmore that he was now discharged having been found not guilty.
During the trial Tunmore told the jury that he would not condone anyone robbing his local shop.
He said that on the day of the robbery he had gone to see his son in Rockland St Mary.
He said that he had received a lift to Rockland St Mary with Chamberlain and two others, who dropped him off on the edge of Surlingham.
He denied any involvement in the robbery and said: “I would not condone someone doing that to my local shop, or anywhere for that matter.”
He said he had not told police his alibi at the time of his arrest as he was worried about reprisals.
“Dropping someone in it might get my family in trouble. I was worried.”
He told the jury he had lived in the Surlingham area all his life and would not have needed a map or to make any phone search.
Chamberlain will be sentenced for the robbery at a later date.