Lavington parolee held in custody over armed robbery

A FORMER Moree man now living in Lavington on parole supervision has been remanded in custody over his alleged involvement in an armed robbery on a train at Wollongong last year.

George Russell Boney was arrested by police in Kiewa Street, Albury, on Friday morning.

Boney, 24, of Parkland Crescent, appeared yesterday in Albury Local Court through a video link from Junee jail on a charge of robbery armed with an offensive weapon.

Magistrate Megan Greenwood was told in tendered police facts that Boney and another man robbed a high school student, 16, on a train on October 7.

A knife was held to the victim’s throat and he was told by Boney: “Get out your wallet or I’ll cut your throat.”

The victim had $80 taken from him and was then told: “Don’t call the police or anything, just stay on the train.”

Boney and his accomplice got off the train at the Bellambi station.

The student suffered a superficial cut to the front of his throat about two-centimetre in length.

Police prosecutor Sgt Shannon Lewis opposed Boney’s release and described him as an unacceptable risk and danger.

She said Boney had been jailed in the past for matters of violence.

The incident was caught on closed circuit television footage and Boney has admitted his involvement when interviewed by Albury detectives.

Solicitor Joy Kirby said Boney was originally released on parole to the Moree area, but had moved to the Albury area into Mercy Centre accommodation.

But she said that did not preclude Boney was being granted bail.

Ms Greenwood said Boney had strong community ties through the Mercy Centre and would likely spend months in custody if his release application was refused.

She said he had mental health issues and a guardian had been app-ointed to make decisions on his behalf.

But Ms Greenwood said no bail conditions could assure his appearance.

The charge against Boney was adjourned until October 1 with a police brief to be prepared by September 15.