Byron bank robber in court
IT WAS a forlorn looking Peter Robert Perry who was escorted handcuffed and wearing prison blues into the Byron Bay Local Court yesterday. The 41-year-old Forster man was arrested on Thursday and charged with an assault and robbery at the Byron Bay ANZ bank hours earlier. Perry did not apply for bail. His legal aid defence representative said risk and psychiatric assessments were needed before the case could proceed further. The police charge sheet alleged Perry robbed a female employee at the bank of $500 at about 4.30pm on Thursday. Police called to the bank after the alarm was raised said a man ran out after demanding money and was last seen heading south on Jonson Street. The bank was closed immediately as forensic police started their investigation. Perry was arrested soon after 6pm, charged with assault and robbery and was held in custody overnight before his brief appearance in court yesterday. A list of reasons for refusing bail was presented to the court and included the man's lack of ties to the area and the nature of the crime where he threatened bank staff with an explosive device. His previous psychiatric history was also raised as a concern. Magistrate Jeff Linden requested a psychiatric report and refused bail before adjourning the matter to the Lismore Local Court on December 18. He also said the defendant would appear via an audio visual link on that occasion.