Bail refused for robbery accused

ONE OF the two men charged over the violent robbery of a Lennox Head bottle shop on Monday afternoon has been refused bail.

Levi Hoiland, 22, and his co-accused a 17 year-old man, appeared in Lismore Local court on Tuesday after they both spent Monday night behind bars.

Police allege Hoiland entered the bottle shop where he attempted to steal alcohol.

When the 27 yr old bottle shop attendant confronted Hoiland and attempted to detain him the 17 year old who was waiting outside in a stolen vehicle, intervened and threatened to assault the attendant unless he released Hoiland.

After he was released, police allege Hoiland threatened the attendant with a broken bottle neck and a metal bar.

Police said a number of other staff members and patrons came to the assistance of the attendant and both offenders were detained until police arrived at the scene.

The men were arrested and conveyed to Ballina Police station where charges were laid

Hoiland was charged with aggravated robbery, being armed with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, malicious damage and being carried in a conveyance.

His 17 year-old co-accused was charged with robbery in company and take and drive conveyance.

On Tuesday at Lismore Local Court Magistrate R Denes granted the 17 year-old conditional bail but refused Hoiland's bail application.

Both of the men's matters were adjourned until February 5 at Lismore Local Court.



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