A LAVINGTON man charged with a robbery in company offence yesterday had his bail revoked after a magistrate said it was an exceptionally strong case against him.
Michael Alan Witt, 24, appeared in Albury Local Court for a bail review sought by police and prosecuted by Director of Public Prosecutions representative Andrew Hanshaw.
Witt, 24, and co-accused Justin Lucas Hailey, 23, were granted bail in an out-of-sessions bail hearing after their arrest.
But the bail review was sought by the police informant last week as Witt is on parole until next year for an assault in company offence.
It is alleged Hailey and Witt robbed a disabled man at night near the Boomerang Hotel on July 25.
Hailey, of Lavington, was arrested at the weekend, charged with a break and enter matter and remains in custody with sentencing pending for disqualified driving and other traffic matters.
Police facts said the robbery victim, who suffers a mild intellectual disability, was looking around the entrance of Blockbuster Video in Wagga Road about 10.35pm.
When approached by Witt and Hailey, the victim asked whether they had seen his hearing aid.
He was allegedly punched in the face by Witt and fell to the ground with the two assailants standing over him.
Police say Hailey told the victim: “Empty your pockets and give me what you have”.
A packet of cigarettes and lighter were taken before Witt and Hailey ran off.
A number of witnesses were making their way towards the incident and one of them recognised both Hailey and Witt.
Solicitor Tim Hensley represented Witt in the bail application and said he has been reporting daily to police along with abiding by a curfew.
But Mr Murray rejected the bail application and remanded Witt to reappear on September 16.