Guilty of kidnap and robbery
A CLEANER at a Mylestom club kidnapped by armed men during a daring robbery was told "We're not gonna hurt you if you do as we say."
John Wall had just started his shift at the North Beach Bowling Club around 2am on Saturday, May 30, 2009 when he walked outside to use a toilet.
Little did he know, three men Michael Edward Dickson, 27, of South Grafton, Michael Shane Chapman (aka Delaforce), 23, of Port Macquarie and Robert Pisani (aka Harding), 37, were laying in wait.
Dickson and Chapman, entered the club through the front sliding door, armed with a sledge hammer and a tomahawk and hid.
Mr Wall was confronted by the armed men after he re-entered the building. He was told to "Sit down.
Keep your eyes shut" as Dickson tried to smash his way into the ATM.
The armed robbers then grabbed cash tins and loaded up on alcohol valued at $1298.64 before they collected coins from the hoppers of poker machines.
The men stole $3888 in cash, but were unable to smash their way into the ATM and a cigarette machine, causing $17,533.91 in damage.
Leading Mr Wall out of the club, the armed robbers handed over their takings to Pisani, who placed them in the back of a red 1993-model Ford Laser sedan, which Dickson and Chapman had earlier stolen from the car park of Coffs Harbour's Opal Cove Resort.
About one kilometre up the road from the club, Mr Wall was ordered to "get out".
As the car drove off he memorised the first three letters of the number plate.
He then walked back to the club, called police about 6.10am and finished his cleaning.
Police spoke to Chapman and Dixon about their whereabouts after the crime, but were unable to speak to Pisani.
A month later detectives searched a caravan where Pisani lived and found a pair of track pants with a stripe around each leg, a clear match of an item of clothing an offenders wore in the club's security vision.
Pisani was not arrested however until June 16, last year in Melbourne, after he bragged that he and two others "did over a club up Coffs Harbour way".
Pisani was extradited back to NSW where he gave a full confession as a 'lookout' to the robbery.
Robbery and Serious Crime Squad detectives and Coffs Clarence and Mid North Coast officers served arrest warrants on Dixon and Chapman at their homes in Grafton and Port Macquarie.
Pisani was sentenced in the Coffs Harbour District Court on March 19 to one year and three months jail for take/detain a person in company and two years and three months jail for his part in the robbery.
Chapman and Dickson this week had their turns in court, where they each pleaded guilty to charges of robbery armed with an offensive weapon and aggravated detain for advantage.
They will be sentenced before District Court Judge King on July 23.