WEEKS after the media was supplied with CCTV footage of the alleged Wentworth Golf Club robbery, a solicitor for one of the three men accused says police have still not handed him a copy of the footage so he can proceed with putting together a defence for his client.
Solicitor Philip Boncardo told Orange Local Court on Thursday, while his client Joshua Cooper sat in the dock, he couldn’t understand the delay.
“I still haven’t been served with a brief,” he said.
“Many weeks ago the media were provided with the footage and it should be provided to the defence.”
“That’s just speculation,” police prosector Sergeant Andy Bobin told Cooper’s defence lawyer.
“No, I think it has some merit,” Mr Boncardo replied.
Cooper, along with his co-accused Adrian John Bunn, 22 and Thomas Alex Williamson 21, were before Orange Local Court on Thursday, however due to the magistrate’s unavailability, court registrar Olivia Lee adjourned the cases.
A fourth person Kelly Gherken, who is accused of being an accessory after the fact in the armed robbery at the club, also appeared in court to hear the case adjourned.
Cooper was originally on bail, however that bail was recently revoked after he was arrested by police in Sydney over alleged drug matters and he is now in custody in Long Bail Jail waiting for his next court appearance scheduled for next month.
Bunn, who is a former employee of Wentworth Golf Club, remains in custody with bail refused as he has other matters waiting to be heard in the District Court.
Williamson is not facing charges related to the alleged robbery, however police allege he is implicated in several text messages relating to the robbery.
As a result of police seizing his phone, police have charged him with 40 offences relating to the possession and supply of drugs.
The co-accused are facing the charges after a casual barman was held up at Wentworth Golf Club just after 7.30pm on Sunday night, April 7.