Boy, 14, to remain in custody

A BOY accused of threatening an elderly florist at Corowa with scissors during an alleged robbery attempt will remain behind bars for several more weeks.

The 14-year-old appeared briefly in Albury Children’s Court yesterday morning over the incident.

The Corowa boy made no comment during his appearance and did not enter a plea to a single charge of robbery armed with an offensive weapon.

Solicitor Joy Kirby told magistrate Megan Greenwood it would take several weeks for the case to be ready to come back to court.

Ms Greenwood allowed four weeks for the preparation of a brief of evidence and adjourned the charges to Albury Children’s Court on September 15.

Florist Betty Johnstone, 75, was working at her Sanger Street business when the armed robbery allegedly unfolded on Wednesday morning.

The accused boy is alleged to have entered the shop about 9am before leaving, then returned again a short time later.

Police claim the boy asked for an item in the shop before allegedly wielding a pair of scissors while demanding cash.

A screaming Mrs Johnstone wrestled with the boy and pushed him outside.

It is alleged the boy dropped the money and rode away on a bike.

He was later arrested by Corowa police.