Man, 38, jailed 3 years for Corowa robbery

A WAHGUNYAH man has been jailed for three years over the aggravated robbery of a Corowa cafe owner last year.

Wayne John Yates, 38, was sentenced to a minimum term of 18 months by Judge Martin Blackmore in the District Court at Albury.

His minimum term expires on December 13 and Judge Blackmore ordered Yates to have drug and alcohol rehabilitation and counselling while on parole.

Yates lay in wait hidden in bushes as the cafe owner went to her vehicle in a Corowa car park about 6.05pm on May 6 last year.

He had a hood over his head and grabbed a bag the woman was holding and said: “Give me your bag, give me your money.”

Yates dragged the woman away from her car and she fell to the ground.

She had cuts on her hands and right elbow and was shaken by the robbery.

Yates escaped along an alley and a witness later saw a maroon Commodore being driven away, but did not see Yates get in the car.

The cafe owner had $1600 stolen from her, along with business documents.

Yates was identified by forensic evidence and detectives searched a Wahgunyah house about 10.20am on May 14 last year.

He identified the clothing he wore on the night to the police.

He admitted the offence and was taken to court at Wodonga for an extradition hearing to take him to Albury.

Later, Yates was interviewed by detectives and admitted his involvement along with providing a DNA sample.