Bail for accused ‘getaway driver’

A FORMER Culcairn woman charged with two robbery offences was granted bail in Albury Local Court yesterday after being held on remand for almost two months.

Sarah Melissa Kent, 30, appeared in a video link from Emu Plains jail.

It is alleged Kent, the mother of a 13-month-old child, was the driver for two men when they committed robbery offences in Albury on April 22 and in Sydney on May 2.

Albury man James Arthur Stevens, 27, and Jamie Stephen Thorley, 31, each face three counts of robbery.

Stevens and Thorley, who have home addresses in Wagga and Doonside in Sydney, also face a charge of aggravated break and enter committing a serious indictable offence in company.

Both Stevens and Thorley yesterday had their charges adjourned until August 25.

The offence on April 22 involved a robbery from a milk bar in West Albury at the corner of Padman Drive and Gulson Street.

Kent allegedly stopped her car near the milk bar while the two men went inside with knives.

A court has previously been told they grabbed two cash registers, one containing $500 and the other $250 and later used the money to buy drugs.

The other robbery matter involves a 7-Eleven in Sydney.

The bail application was made by solicitor Shaun Mortimer.

Director of Public Prosecutions Andrew Hanshaw said Kent has made full and frank admissions about her involvement in the matters.

Mr Hanshaw conceded that Kent had a limited criminal history.

“They are very serious offences. It is a strong prosecution case,” magistrate Tony Murray said.

But he said Kent had no history of violence or prior matters of failing to appear at court.

Mr Murray said Kent would be in custody for months if bail was not granted.

She was put on $2000 bail, with two sureties of $1000 each.

Kent has to live in North Albury, report to police daily, abide by an 8pm to 8am curfew and cannot contact her co- accused.

She must refrain from alcohol and drugs unless they are prescribed.