Three men who staged a string of robberies around Sydney, including one in which a gun was held to the head of Sydney bar tsar Justin Hemmes, have been found guilty of the crimes.
A jury on Tuesday handed down guilty verdicts against Laurence Glover, 26, Nathan Stuart, 29, and a 28-year-old man who cannot be identified.
The prosecution alleged the trio robbed seven pubs, including the Nelson Hotel in Bondi Junction, and the Sands Hotel, Maroubra, on May 4, 2011, the Rose of Australia Hotel in Erskineville and the Excelsior Hotel on June 7 and the Malabar RSL on July 18.
They are alleged to have taken approximately $7688 from the Excelsior Hotel.
Hemmes gave evidence in the trial, explaining how he was eating with friends at part of the bar called the Cantina, when he went to the bathroom and received a phone call telling him the pub was being robbed.
In Hollywood-style evidence, Mr Hemmes described seeing a gunman dressed in black, holding a black pistol, with a cloth covering his hand, as he came out of the bathroom.
"He turned to face me and put a gun up to me and told me not to move. I then asked him what was going on here and he just told me not to move," Mr Hemmes told the jury, recalling the night of June 7, 2011.
Mr Hemmes said he then noticed another man standing about four metres away from him, holding a screwdriver.
Soon after, both men ran out onto Fouveaux Street, Mr Hemmes said.
"My friend ... came running out from the Cantina and he joined me and we chased the men out onto Fouveaux Street. The first man that had the screwdriver ... jumped into the black car which they used to get away in."
The car "took off" with the door open and rammed a police car that had pulled up, he said.
"That's when the second man with the gun jumped into the car.
"He dived in and yelled out 'go, go, go' – which is when the black car went forward and hit the police car again.
"I think it actually pushed the police car away and it jumped the kerb ... and went around the police car and took off."
The robbery was captured on CCTV cameras and the footage was played to the jury.
A jury convicted the men, with Judge Anthony Garling to hold a sentencing hearing on November 8.