Woman lied to protect partner

A COROWA woman had provided a false alibi for her partner for the alleged robbery of a cafe owner last year, a court heard yesterday.

Anita Faye Hornsey was interviewed by detectives on May 9, three days after the robbery, and said her partner was at home looking after one of her children when it happened.

But her partner allegedly later admitted the offence when police executed a search warrant where they were living at Wahgunyah.

Hornsey’s partner hasn’t entered a plea and will appear at court at a later date.

Hornsey, 37, pleaded guilty in Albury Local Court to charges of concealing a strictly indictable offence and hindering the apprehension of someone who had committed a serious offence.

Police withdrew a charge of being an accessory after the fact to robbery armed with an offensive weapon.

Magistrate Tony Murray ordered a pre-sentence report and adjourned Hornsey’s sentencing until March 31.

Hornsey was in a relationship for four months before the robbery on May 6.

The cafe owner closed her shop about 6.05pm, locked up and had $1600 along with business documents in a bag.

She was accompanied by two employees and went to a car park behind a hotel, which was poorly lit.

The owner opened the car door, walked to the boot and Hornsey’s partner allegedly came out from hiding between shrubs at the front of the car.

Police yesterday told the court the partner allegedly grabbed a red plastic bag being held by the owner and said: “Give me your bag, give me your money.”

There was a struggle and the victim was pulled about two metres before falling over and the offender grabbed a work bag containing the cash and documents.

The offender ran down an alley, the victim screamed for help and a witness saw him cross the street before falling over.

He then ran down an alley and a maroon Commodore sedan was seen driving off.

When police arrived, they found the victim had suffered abrasions to her hands and right elbow and was shaken.

Hornsey told police she was in Corowa at the time taking her son to a supermarket before obtaining an evening meal from McDonald’s.

When arrested, her partner allegedly identified the clothes he had been wearing and also said he dumped a black hoody along with the business records in a bag in the Murray River.