Cousins charged with ATM robbery

TWO cousins have been remanded in custody after appearing in court yesterday charged with an early morning robbery in Coffs Harbour.

Police allege that Lionel Thomas and Raymond Elliot Tahi Tahi, both aged 30, confronted two men in Little Street yesterday about 2am.

The court heard the co-accused stole a mobile phone from one man then forced him to withdraw $50 from his account at a nearby automatic teller machine.

Police were called and arrested the pair a short time later.

After the two men were detained they spent most of the morning in custody at the Coffs Harbour Police Station.

Detectives later charged them both with two counts of robbery in company.

They appeared in a brief court hearing late yesterday afternoon where bail was refused by a magistrate.

A brief will be served on the two men’s cases in Coffs Harbour Local Court next month.

Lionel Thomas and Raymond Tahi Tahi will be held at the Grafton Correctional Centre ahead of their next court appearance.


• A WOMAN suffered head injuries after her car left the road and became airborne for a short time, outside of Coffs Harbour yesterday morning.

Police say the single vehicle accident happened on Mount Browne Road about 8.30am.

The 18-year-old lost control of her Mazda sedan veering into gravel.

It’s believed the car flipped and then crashed into a tree.

The driver suffered minor injuries and was taken to Coffs Harbour Health Campus for treatment.

Police have issued the woman with a charge of negligent driving. The vehicle was extensively damaged.


• A COFFS Harbour man who crashed his vehicle and failed to stop for police has been found guilty on two charges in local court.

Calvin Bruce Moss, 19, of Sapphire Beach has been found guilty of negligent driving and ordered off the roads for three years.

The court this week heard Moss was seen by police to speed through Beryl Street in Coffs Harbour on November 28 last year at 1.45am.

It was estimated he was travelling 80km/h in a 50km/h zone in an attempt to avoid chasing police officers.

Moss then braked heavily while rounding the corner into Gallipoli Road before crashing his vehicle into the kerb then driving off.

Moss was also fined $1000, ordered to pay court costs and placed on a 12-month good behaviour bond.

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