BENJAMIN James Woods, the man who is already before the courts on charges relating to the Wentworth Golf Club robbery appeared in Orange Local Court yesterday on fresh charges of illegal possession of a firearm, trespass and hunting without a licence.
Police allege Woods, 19, was part of a group of young men who illegally trespassed on a Springside property between 9.30am and 10pm on May 21.
He was arrested by police on the latest charges relating to the Springside incident on August 18, a week after another man Mitchell Norman Barnes, 18 who trespassed on the property and confronted the owner in the same incident, pleaded guilty to similar charges.
Police are also alleging Woods started hunting kangaroos on the property without a licence after they borrowed a Subaru Outback from a friend.
Woods and the other men hunting on the property were confronted by the owner and the men scattered, with Woods allegedly fleeing into the nearby forest while his co-accused Barnes pointed a rifle at the property owner when he saw him filming the vehicle and recording the number plate.
Woods’s charges were adjourned to be heard in January next year on the same day the Wentworth Golf Club robbery charges are set down to be heard in Orange Local Court.
He is being represented by solicitor Neil Jones.
Woods remains on bail.