Out on bail - A 18-year-old Craignish woman has been charged with one count each of robbery in company, wilful damage, obstruct police and assault police.
Out on bail - A 18-year-old Craignish woman has been charged with one count each of robbery in company, wilful damage, obstruct police and assault police. Valerie Horton

Defence lawyer calls teen who witnessed Bay robbery 'hero'

UPDATE: A TEEN accused of knocking a 69-year-old woman to the ground and fleeing with her bag claims he was a "hero" who tried to help her, not the attacker. 

  Ji William Henry Campbell-Doolan, 17, appeared in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday charged over the violent robbery of a retiree who was mugged on Freshwater St about 10am Monday.    He is also charged with the knife-point robbery of a 28-year-old man on Boat Harbour Drive on Sunday afternoon.    Police Prosecutor Donna Sperling said a man who allegedly witnessed the aftermath of Monday's bag snatch had identified the accused in a photo board line-up.   She also said the two arresting officers saw Mr Campbell-Doolan in the alleged getaway car.    Defence lawyer Michael Riedel claimed it was a case of mistaken identity.    He said his client had instead witnessed the attack and was in fact the "hero" who went to the victim's aid and stayed with her until police arrived.   The court heard the victim in Sunday's alleged armed robbery told police his attacker had stopped him in the street and said "give me your wallet or I'll stab you".    Sen Const Sperling told the court that victim had also identified Mr Campbell-Doolan in a photo board line-up   She said the victim's bag was found at Mr Campbell-Doolan's home.    But Mr Riedel claimed his client had once again been wrongly targeted.    He argued the description given by the victim of a man with curly hair and a moustache did not match his client.    He also claimed his client had five to six alibi witnesses who were prepared to say he was at the skate park with them when the alleged offence occurred.   The accused was also said to have a job at the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre, a stable home and a "heavily pregnant" partner.    Magistrate Stephen Guttridge said while the accused was young to be in custody, he posed an unacceptable risk to the community.   Mr Campbell-Doolan will return to court next month.  

EARLIER: THE alleged driver in the bag snatch robbery of a 69-year-old woman has been released on bail.

Shaye Rhonda Umu Stephens, 18, fronted Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Tuesday morning charged with robbery in company.

Police allege Ms Stephens was driving the getaway car used by two males who allegedly pushed a woman to the ground on Freshwater St, Scarness on Monday morning and took off with her bag.

Her lawyer, Hamish Isles claimed his client was "not aware of what had occurred" before her two friends got into the back of her car.

Ms Stephens was released on bail on the grounds she live with her mother at Takura and not have any contact with her two co-accused.

More to come.
 



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