Alleged robber given bail
THE alleged driver in an armed robbery at East Lismore Bowling Club last week was granted bail in Lismore Local Court yesterday.
Kristopher William Smith, 24, of Lismore, appeared in court last week charged with armed robbery and aggravated breaking and entering.
He was refused bail by Magistrate Robyn Denes because there was no evidence of community links or of a surety.
But yesterday, lawyer Tom Trembath said Smith had significant community ties.
He had lived in Lismore for six years, five of them with his partner, who was present in court with Smith's father and other family members, Mr Trembath said.
“He was brought up in Casino, went to school there and the family has lived there for many years,” he said.
Smith's father was willing to put up $2000 surety.
His client was not a flight risk and was unlikely to re-offend, Mr Trembath said.
Ms Denes granted Smith bail on stringent conditions, including that he report to police daily.
Last week, Smith appeared with Shaun Thomas Peckham, 24, of Goonellabah, Joshua Southgate, 22, of South Lismore, and Edward John Saffin, 26, of South Lismore.
Saffin is the son of Page MPJanelle Saffin.
Police allege the four went to the bowling club after closing time last Wednesday, armed with a loaded .22 calibre rifle, and two of them smashed their way in and robbed a barmaid of $5000.
The men are due to appear again on September 21.