'Lollipop gang' faces court

THREE teenagers, including two brothers originally from Casino, have gone before the Lismore Children’s Court charged with detaining an elderly Casino couple who were tied up at knife-point in their home on Sunday before having their car stolen.

Dubbed the ‘lollipop gang’ because they helped themselves to the couple’s jar of lollies during the home invasion, two were released on bail yesterday after being arrested at Ocean Shores on Monday.

A boy aged 13, from Merrylands in Sydney, was granted bail into the custody of his mother after being charged with 17 offences, including his role in the alleged kidnapping and car-jacking of a man from North Parramatta on June 29 while armed with a knife.

He is accused, along with a 16-year-old teen who wasrefused bail, of robbing the man of his Blackberry mobile phone and $250 cash while armed with a knife and making him travel north with them in his car.

The youth is also charged (as is the 16-year-old) with four counts of dishonestlyobtaining money at ATMs on June 29 at Karuah and Moonee Beach, totalling $1600.

He and the 16-year-old, along with the older teen’s 14-year-old brother from Tweed Heads, have all been charged with detaining Shirley and Andrew Waterworth, aged 68 and 85, at their Casino home on July 4 with intent to steal their yellow Ford Laser sedan.

The younger brother, 14, was released on bail by Magistrate Robyn Denes to live at Tweed Heads with a carer and to resume attending school.

Defence lawyer Amy Barker argued unsuccessfully against a police forensic application for a photo to be taken of the 13-year-old boy to be possibly used in an identification line-up as part of evidence gathering by police.

Ms Denes granted the application, saying the allegations were serious, but that such a process could also work infavour of the young teen by exonerating him.

All court matters were adjourned to later this month

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