Cousins on robbery charges

ON his way home from a night out in Coffs Harbour, a late night reveller told police he was confronted by two men, who allegedly forced him to withdraw money from an automatic teller machine.

With the accused alleged assailants standing over him, the victim told officers he handed over $50 to the men along with his mobile phone in the early hours of February 18, 2010.

Police were called to Little Street about 2am.

Using descriptions of the suspects, they arrested two men in the Coffs Harbour CBD a short time later.

The case against the men will play out in Coffs Harbour Local Court today when the accused appear on separate robbery charges.

Lionel Thomas and Raymond Elliot Tahi Tahi, both aged in their thirties, are facing charges of robbery in company.

The pair, who are cousins, have been held in the Grafton Correctional Centre since their arrest on the morning of the alleged robbery.

It’s believed the co-accused have ties to the local area but on the night of the alleged robbery had been staying at a local motel.

The legal defence for both men can make an applications for bail during this morning’s hearings.

No pleas have been entered.

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