A WOMAN who allegedly followed a man home from an Orange supermarket and robbed him of more than $1500 has been committed to stand trial before a jury.
Magistrate Terry Lucas told Kathleen Smith, who is already in custody and appeared in court via audio-visual link, he believed “a reasonable jury would have a reasonable chance” of convicting Smith of the robbery of the man.
Police allege Smith, 45, observed Robert Umpleby paying for his groceries at Coles supermarket on December 17, 2012.
As he was leaving with his groceries, Smith approached the victim, asking him “Do you know Michael?”
Mr Umpleby told Smith he didn’t know who she was talking about and continued home, carrying his groceries, unaware he was being followed by Smith.
According to police evidence, when Mr Umpleby got home and put the groceries down to unlock his front door, Smith charged at Mr Umpleby from behind, grabbing him in a bear huge and forcing him down the hallway of his house, before ripping his shirt and robbing him.
Smith was in court several weeks ago, but her case was unable to proceed because she had sacked her lawyer and had not filled out the appropriate paper work to be represented by Legal Aid.
However, the case went ahead in Orange Local Court on Thursday, with Smith facing one charge of robbery. Two charges of detaining a person and denying them of their liberty were withdrawn.
Police say they positively identified Smith from fingerprints taken at the home of the alleged victim.
A date for the trial will be determined by the Orange District Court on October 9.