Man on suspended sentence accused of stealing cash and bow

A CASINO man who received a 12-month suspended jail sentence last Tuesday allegedly robbed a man of cash and a compound bow with a knife at Kyogle just five days later.

Benjamin Gregory Bennett, 30, appeared in custody at Lismore Local Court yesterday charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon, robbery in company and driving dangerously and not stopping during a police pursuit.

Police allege Bennett and 28-year-old Nicholas Donnelly robbed a 46-year-old man at knifepoint of $800 cash, a black compound bow and arrows and his mobile phone, on Ettrick Rd, between 5pm and 5.20pm on Sunday.

The 46-year-old victim was unharmed in the attack.

When Bennett and Donnelly fled the scene in a Holden Barina, the victim took the car's number plate and reported it to police.

A description of the car was circulated and police soon spotted the car entering Casino. A pursuit was initiated, during which police allege Bennett refused to stop the Barina, and was driving dangerously.

The car was finally stopped by police and both Bennett and Donnelly were arrested, taken to Casino Police Station and refused bail.

Donnelly was charged with robbery while armed with an offensive weapon and robbery in company. He also appeared at Lismore Local Court yesterday.

Bail documents before Lismore Local Court yesterday showed Bennett received a 12-month suspended sentence at Lismore Local Court on April 14 for a serious assault matter.

The documents also stated Bennett was associated with other known criminals in the Casino area.

Police allege Bennett also indicated to the victim he would serve his 12-month sentence, "then return to see him".

Bennett's solicitor Tom Trembath did not apply for bail on behalf of his client.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence against Bennett and Donnelly to be served by June 1.

Mr Trembath said Bennett, who was remanded in custody, would apply for bail at his next appearance.


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