Police prepare robbery case
POLICE prosecutors are waiting on DNA tests to help prove their case against a Coffs Harbour man accused of taking part in a violent armed robbery, in which a security guard was stabbed.
The accused, Jamie Wilson, 21, appeared in the dock yesterday facing charges over an incident in West High Street on November 27.
Police allege Wilson and another Coffs Harbour man Aaron Quinlan, 19, robbed a group of people as they walked home from a night out at 2am.
The court has been told a security guard, who helped out was allegedly stabbed multiple times after struggling with the two men.
The magistrate hearing the case yesterday asked why the men are yet to enter pleas or be committed to a higher court after five or six appearances.
Crown prosecutors explained they’re waiting for a scientific report on blood allegedly found on a boot belonging to Wilson, which they will seek to prove is from the victim.
Quinlan also reappeared yesterday and like Wilson had his case adjourned.
His legal defence explained he was in the process of agreeing to police facts.
Evidence before the court alleges two men and two females were robbed of their wallets, cash and mobile phones by the co-accused.
It’s alleged a fight broke out and Quinlan put a knife to the neck of one of the men wounding him.
Then when the patrolling security guard stepped in, he was allegedly attacked with the knife by Quinlan and later stabbed in the neck and shoulder by Wilson. Since their arrests both men have be remanded in custody.
Wilson is charged with robbery in company, robbery armed with an offensive weapon and wound a person with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
Quinlan, meanwhile, is facing charges of aggravated robbery and maliciously inflicting actual bodily harm, robbery in company, aggravated robbery causing grievous bodily harm, and armed with intent to commit an indictable offence.
However, some of those charges relate to another robbery where Quinlan is accused of using a tree branch to assault and rob a young couple in the Park Beach Plaza car park. He is due back in court on May 11 while Wilson will reappear on May 25.