A teenage boy alleged to have taken part in the joint armed robbery of a woman in North Albury at the weekend has been warned he potentially faced a long jail spell if found guilty.
The 17-year-old wanted to be let out on bail on Tuesday, even asking whether he could wear an ankle bracelet monitoring device.
But magistrate Richard Funston rejected the offer, telling him it wasn't even an option, and said the risk created by letting him out was unacceptable.
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"There's a long, significant history of dishonesty offences, as well as some offences for carrying cutting implements," Mr Funston told the boy, who appeared in Albury Children's Court via a video link to the Riverina juvenile detention centre at Wagga.
"You're in a very serious position today, you know that."
The boy and his co-accused, 25-year-old Ashton Kitson, were arrested at a motel in Wodonga Place, Albury, on Monday at 1.20pm, two days after the incident.
NSW Police said the alleged victim, 23, was walking along Logan Road on Saturday at 3.30am when she was approached by Kitson and the boy.
Kitson is accused of pointing the revolver at the woman, demanding cash.
She handed over her backpack, then Kitson - who did not apply for bail, so did not appear in Albury Local Court on Tuesday - and the boy fled on bicycles.
Inside the backpack was a wallet, cigarettes, milk and bank cards.
Kitson is charged with robbery in company while armed with a dangerous weapon, possess a loaded firearm in a public place, carry a firearm in a manner likely to injure a person or property, possess an unauthorised pistol and acquire a pistol subject to a firearms prohibition order.
The boy faces the same charges, aside from the one related to the firearm acquisition.
He admitted on Tuesday, through defence lawyer Graham Lamond, to a breach related to a charge of goods in custody suspected of being stolen.
Kitson and the boy both live in Bateman Place, where police established a crime scene on Monday night.
Police have alleged they found cannabis, methamphetamine, ammunition and the woman's backpack at the residence.
Mr Lamond said his client was "obviously aware of the predicament" he found himself in.
If granted bail, the boy could abide by house arrest, only being allowed to leave to attend school where he was doing the equivalent of Year 12.
"He's only 17 and he's functionally illiterate. His plan is to get a job once he finishes, as soon as he can."
But Mr Funston told the boy he clearly needed help with his drug addiction and that hopefully he might have gone clean by the time of his next court date.
"The concern of the court is you would fail to possibly appear," he said.
"But the real concern for me is that you will continue committing further offences."
Both cases were adjourned to January 19.