Man held on brawl, robbery charges

A MAN alleged to be part of a group that chased down another man at Ballina before bashing and robbing him was in custody yesterday after appearing in Lismore Local Court.

Kerry James Marlowe, 28, of Sydney, was charged with robbery in company, recklessly wounding and affray by Ballina police after they recognised him receiving treatment at Ballina Hospital after the fight.

Police allege Marlowe began fighting with the 30-year-old victim at the Ballina Hotel last Friday.

Marlowe is alleged to have begun punching and kicking the victim. Two other men in their mid-30s then weighed into the fight, throwing tables and chairs at the victim.

The offenders are alleged to have chased the victim from the hotel, resuming their assault outside before allegedly taking his wallet and mobile phone.

Magistrate Annette Sinclair said Marlowe had a record of previous convictions, but had not committed an offence for three years.

"The allegations are serious," she said.

"There was a pursuit and a high degree of violence on the victim."

Mrs Sinclair said Marlowe was already serving a good behaviour bond from a previous offence.

"I cannot be satisfied if granted bail he would not commit another offence or meet his bail conditions," she said.

Mrs Sinclair refused Marlowe's request for bail and adjourned his case until July 8, when he will appear by audio-visual link.

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