Man brought to court for BT robbery

Aaron McLaughlin, 20, appeared in Summary Court on Wednesday afternoon charged with the 30 May robbery of CashWiz in Bodden Town.

McLaughlin, a resident of the Prospect area, is also charged with possession of an imitation firearm with intent to commit an offence, affray and common assault.

Crown Counsel Laura Manson said a report was received from the store at 1.30pm. It stated that a masked man, who appeared armed, had entered the store and taken jewellery and cash from two employees. Total value was around $612. He put the items in a black backpack and made his escape.

Around 1.37pm, police officers observed a person exiting the bush along Pineapple Road and carrying a bag. He ran and they pursued him, catching up with him at an apartment complex. He was wielding what appeared to be a flare gun with an extended nozzle and he attempted to discard the bag.

Ms Manson said the bag was found to contain jewellery boxes and cash. There was a struggle in the course of his arrest.

She noted that McLaughlin had no previous convictions, but objected to bail because of the nature and seriousness of this offence.

Defence Attorney John Furniss said he was not making any application for bail yet because he had not yet seen the papers in the case. He agreed that robbery is an Category A offence, which means that the charge goes directly up to Grand Court.

Magistrate Kirsty-Ann Gunn remanded McLaughlin in custody, including in her reasons the strength of the evidence and likely sentence on conviction. She adjourned the matter until Friday, 15 June, when the matter will be mentioned in Grand Court.