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Testimony begins in robbery trial

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“Nice doing business with you.” The exiting words from one of two gunmen were relayed in court Friday (28 October) as testimony began in the trial of Christine Rae-Smith on charges that she played a role in a nail salon robbery last year, even as she posed as one of the robbed customers.

Ms. Smith sat quietly during the testimony of two women who were also customers at the Elegant Nails and More salon on the evening of 10 July 2015 when two masked men entered with guns. The women testified that Ms. Smith lunged and swore at the robbers which, they said, terrified them out of fear that the gunmen would begin shooting.

Crown Counsel asked one of the women for a detailed description of a long gun used by one of the robbers. He then showed the witness a photo that was found, he said, on Ms. Smith’s telephone. The photo depicted a man with a long gun. The witness brought a hand to her face and exclaimed, “Oh, my God… wow,” before acknowledging the similarity.

The witness also identified herself in the playback of an emergency call to police that she made moments after the two men ran off with cash and other valuables. “We’re getting robbed right now,” she told the operator. “They’ve gone running,” yells another woman, said to be Ms. Smith.

The defense, meanwhile, probed slight differences in the how each woman recounted the robbery, particularly the actions of Ms. Smith and things that may or may not have been said by one of the gunmen.

The trial is expected to continue next week.

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Patrick Kreitlow

Patrick Kreitlow

Pat Kreitlow joined the Cayman 27 staff in October 2015. For nearly a decade, Pat was a familiar presence in living rooms across western Wisconsin where he was a reporter and nightly news anchor at WEAU-TV. He later served his neighbors as a state senator. When he and his wife Sharry became “empty nesters,” they moved to Grand Cayman in early 2014. They have two daughters and two grandsons.

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