Teen accused of knife robbery
A TEENAGER accused of threatening to ‘slit the throat’ of a man in Ballina while stealing his mobile phone has been granted bail on condition he must live in a rehabilitation centre and not leave.
Broby Martin, 19, made a bail application through his lawyer, Dannielle Stubbs, in the Lismore Local Court because he had been accepted into a residential program at Bennelong’s Haven, near Kempsey.
Martin is accused of using a knife in a robbery at Ballina on April 1.
A young man had been walking along Kerr Street at 9.20pm that evening when Martin is alleged to have demanded money from him before taking out a knife in an attempt to steal his phone.
Martin is accused of making threats that he would stab the man.
The Crown said police opposed the application because it was a serious allegation against Martin that was made while he was already on a good behaviour bond for a previous matter.
He had also previously breached bail conditions.
Magistrate Robyn Denes agreed the facts were serious, but she noted Martin’s age and said she would allow the application.
She ordered Martin to be taken directly to the centre and adjourned his matter to June 8.