Nine years' jail for Lismore, Casino, Tweed armed robberies

THE man who robbed South Lismore's Station Hotel and the Southern Cross Credit Union at Casino with a pistol last year has been jailed for a maximum of nine years.

Matthew Pirani, 25, used a knife to rob the Subway on Ballina Rd, Lismore, on January 22.

Four days later he used a semi-automatic pistol to rob a Banora Point takeaway shop.

About 8.30pm on January 31, Pirani robbed South Lismore's Station Hotel at gunpoint.

On February 3, Pirani held up the Southern Cross Credit Union with a black pistol.

Police officers set up Strike Force McLymont to investigate the string of armed robberies.

After a three-week manhunt, Pirani was arrested in the Newcastle suburb of Adamstown on February 7.

He was charged with an array of offences including armed robbery, break enter and steal, and steal motor vehicle.

Pirani was also charged with possessing an unregistered gun after a semi-automatic pistol was found in a car at the time of the arrest.

On Friday at Lismore District Court, Pirani pled guilty to all offences.

He was sentenced to a maximum of nine years in prison, with a non-parole period of five years.


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