MP's son charged over robbery
FEDERAL MP for Page Janelle Saffin’s son, Edward ‘Ned’ Saffin, has been named as one of the men arrested over an armed robbery of a bowling club on Wednesday evening.
Police arrested and charged three men over the armed robbery of the East Lismore Bowling Club.
A fourth man is now in police custody in relation to the robbery and fronted court late yesterday.
Yesterday afternoon, police raided a unit in Cromer Street, Lismore, believed to be the current residence of Mr Saffin. Police reportedly removed paper bags containing evidence from the unit. Ms Saffin, in a statement to the media, said this was a “very difficult time” for her as a mother.
“My son has been struggling with mental health issues and substance abuse for many years,” the statement said.
“As this matter is now within the justice system, I cannot comment further.”
Three of the accused appeared before Lismore Local Court earlier yesterday. Joshua Southgate and Mr Saffin did not apply for bail.
Kristopher William Smith applied for bail but was denied. Just before 9pm on Wednesday, a female bar attendant was locking up the club in Nielson Street when she was confronted by two men, allegedly armed with a rifle, who had smashed their way through a glass panel.
The men forced the 47-year-old employee to lie on the floor as they stole the takings. It’s alleged they fled the premises in the company of two other men. The woman was not injured, although she suffered shock as a result of the hold-up. Police responded quickly to the robbery and a short time later, located one man in a car and a second in a neighbouring street. Officers later attended an address in Phyllis Street, Lismore, and arrested a third man. Police allegedly recovered the stolen money during the arrests.
The local men, aged 23, 24 and 26, were taken to the Lismore Police Station and charged with aggravated robbery whilst armed and in company.