Four men were arrested by police after an armed hold-up at the East Lismore Bowling Club on July 28 last year.
Four men were arrested by police after an armed hold-up at the East Lismore Bowling Club on July 28 last year.

MP's son admits to part in robbery

THE son of Federal Page MPJanelle Saffin has pleaded guilty to being an accessory after robbery in connection with an armed hold-up of the East Lismore Bowling Club last year.

Edward “Ned” Saffin was arrested last year following a robbery of the bowling club just after 8pm on July 28.

Police facts tendered to the court stated Saffin and Kristopher Smith drove Joshua Southgate and Shaun Peckham to the bowling club.

Southgate – armed with a rifle – and Peckham allegedly robbed the club of $5000.

Once inside the club, police allege Peckham yelled at a bowling club employee, “where is the money?”. In response to this, the employee pointed at the safe.

After searching the safe and stating there should be more money, Peckham said, “Just shoot the bitch”.

The employee was shaken but uninjured after the offenders fled the building.

Police found the stolen money buried in Southgate's backyard.

Smith this week pleaded guilty to being an accessory after the fact to robbery with a weapon or in company. Saffin pleaded guilty to the same charge last month and is scheduled to appear in the Lismore District Court on July 19.

Saffin was arrested soon after the robbery and taken to the Lismore police station, where he allegedly told a sergeant he thought they “were only going to get some cannabis”.

Southgate and Peckham will be sentenced for armed robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Lismore District Court on July 29.



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