Man accused of pub robbery has bail application knocked back

Proceedings in Dubbo Local Court came to a halt for a short period on Friday after a man facing multiple charges, including allegations of being involved in a recent break-in at the Armatree Hotel, suffered a medical episode.

The 22-year-old Dubbo man was captured by detectives on Thursday after information from the public led them to a Leavers Street address.

He was discovered in the roof cavity of the premises, arrested and was later charged with two counts of being carried in a stolen vehicle, two counts of steal motor vehicle, one count of aggravated break and enter and commit serious indictable offence, and one count of steal firearm.

The matters relate to February 23 when the man and an alleged co-accused are believed to have forced entry into the Armatree Hotel and stolen property and alcohol.

Police will allege that when they were disturbed, the men fled in a stolen Holden Rodeo before setting fire to the vehicle.

After stealing and burning out another vehicle, the pair allegedly stole a Toyota Avalon and were engaged in police pursuits in the Brocklehurst and Dubbo areas.

On Friday, the man appeared before Magistrate Claire Girotto and applied for bail, with his solicitor outlining a number of reasons for liberty, including epilepsy and anxiety issues.

The prosecution outlined that the man had been in breach of a good behaviour bond and had not complied with supervision, as well as the serious allegations, a history of non-compliance and the lengths taken to avoid capture.

Magistrate Girotto formally refused the application, citing a number of reasons including the defendant’s lengthy criminal history as well as the strong case against him and the likelihood of a custodial sentence should he be found guilty.

The matters were adjourned for further mention in Dubbo Local Court on Wednesday, March 21.

Police investigations relating to an alleged co-offender are continuing.

Anyone with information is asked to call Dubbo Police Station on 6883 1599.