Armed robber faces court

A BOY who committed an armed robbery at a Cabarita Beach bottle shop in March was sentenced in Tweed Heads Children’s Court yesterday.

The juvenile, who was 14 years old at the time of the offence, was given a control order, suspended for 12 months, with supervision conditions.

At 9.50am on March 15 the boy entered the shop wearing a balaclava and threw a bandana down on the counter, telling a manager to “fill it up”.

The manager moved forward and saw the butt of a pistol protruding from the boy’s pants.

Money was put in the bandana and the boy fled, but was recognised as he took the balaclava off in the street.

At 7.05pm on the night of the robbery, police attended the Bogangar house where the juvenile and his older brother lived.

Police knew the boy was wanted in relation to the robbery and a replica pistol was found in his room.

The boy said he had committed the armed hold-up to help his older brother, who was suffering financial difficulties and had a pregnant girlfriend.

He had handed $110 over to his older brother the day of the robbery.

The 14-year-old had been charged with robbery while armed with a dangerous weapon.

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