Man robs service station

IN A moment of alcohol-fuelled madness, Mullumbimby man Joel Renshaw robbed a service station at Murwillumbah of nearly $700, then handed over a $20 note to the attendant he assaulted to pay for petrol.

Renshaw, 31, a former Lismore and Casino soccer player, pleaded guilty in the Lismore District Court yesterday to aggravated robbery and recklessly inflicting bodily harm on service station attendant Howard Briggs.

Crown facts stated Renshaw was drinking beer in a Mullumbimby park at 10 pm on April 29 and asked friends to drive him to Murwillumbah.

Not long after midnight, Mr Briggs, 50, was working nightshift at the Caltex service station on Tweed Valley Way when Renshaw walked in holding a $20 note.

Renshaw walked into the console through an unlocked door and lunged at Mr Briggs with his arm and put him in a headlock.

During the struggle Mr Briggs tried to punch his attacker with Renshawdemanding money and pushing himtowards the cash register.

After grabbing a handful of cash Renshaw put a $20 note on the counter saying ‘this is for the fuel' and walked out, only to discover his mates had driven off without him.

Renshaw managed to hitchhike away from the scene, but was arrested the next day.

Police stated that Mr Briggs suffered bruising, swelling and scratches to the right side of his face and eye area.

Police documents detailed a list of prior offences against Renshaw, including offensive behaviour and stealing.

Judge McLauchlan adjourning sentencing until August next year.



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