Man feared for life after threat

A CALTEX Kyogle service station operator feared he would be shot after he was confronted by Troy Garnett Williams who said he wanted money from the ATM and would come back the next night and ‘you’ll have two barrels in your face’.

Williams, 32, pleaded guilty in Kyogle Local Court yesterday to stalking/intimidating the man at 11.45pm on February 7. A charge of affray was withdrawn by police.

Police facts presented in court said the operator was at a bowser when Williams emerged from nearby bushes and asked him what security procedures were in place for a hold-up.

“Just give them what they want,” the operator said.

Williams said: “If someone like me who’s hard up for money would come in with a shotgun and put it up to your head and shoot you between the eyes. I’d blow your head off cause I’m hard up for cash”.

The victim told police Williams then put his hands up as if holding a rifle, directing the action at the man’s head and motioned up and down as if a gun was being fired.

The operator replied he would only get money from the tills as the safe was virtually bomb proof.

“I don’t want the money out of the tills or safe. I want the ATM,” Williams is alleged to have said.

“I don’t care if you have family or not. If you don’t give me the three grand I’d shoot you cause I need the money. Wait and see what happens tomorrow night. You’ll have two barrels in your face.”

Williams fled the service station when the local security officer drove in.

The worried operator told police and CCTV footage was then looked at with the offender identified later from a photographic line-up at Kyogle police station.

Defence lawyer Neal Funnell said the offence was out of character for his client who was remorseful.

“My instructions are he was intoxicated and had no intention of carrying it (threat) through,” Mr Funnell said.

Magistrate Michael Dakin convicted Williams and placed him on a two-year good behaviour bond.

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