Fresi pleads guilty to robbery

IT was Christmas without any cheer for two victims of Jeremy Joseph Fresi.

The Lismore man and his mates robbed the victims as they walked home from a local hotel.

Fresi, 22, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court this week to the charges of robbery in company and demanding money with menaces.

The matter was adjourned to Lismore District Court for mention on February 8.

In police evidence before the court the two Lismore men aged in their 20s went to a Christmas party before drinking at the Richmond Hotel in Woodlark Street.

The pair left the hotel at 12.45am on December 20 last year, but when they stopped to light a cigarette three men and a woman walked toward them.

One of the pair was thumped on the side of his head and left dazed before Fresi demanded they hand over their wallets. They fought back but eventually handed over a wallet, and the assailants ran off.

One of the victims called his brother and gave him a description of his assailants. The brother was able to track Fresi down to his house nearby and called police.

Fresi greeted police at the door with a black eye and a bandaged hand. He told them he had not left home that night.

However, CCTV footage obtained from a nearby service station showed Fresi and his wife had been there just before 1am trying to buy a bandage.

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