No bail for alleged robber

TORY Jay Gardiner did not apply for bail when he appeared in Orange Local Court yesterday charged with holding up a mother and son with a kitchen knife. 

The 28-year-old was with another man, who is yet to be found, when he allegedly pointed his knife at the victims and demanded cash while his co-accused pointed a pistol at the back of the mother’s head and demanded she hand over her jewellery. 

The robbery occurred on Sunday evening, January 13, after the victims offered the two accused a lift. Police facts said Gardiner was known to the victim and was at his house in North Street when the four people got in the car and drove to Cox Avenue. 

It is alleged Gardiner and his co-accused told the mother to pull over, snatched her purse and took $1480 from the bag while they raided $400 from the son’s wallet. 

The mother escaped the vehicle but the man holding the pistol pointed the gun at her and tried to pull her rings from her fingers, police alleged. 

She managed to get back inside the car and slammed on the accelerator, causing the wheels to skid, and told police she heard what she thought were gunshots as she sped away. 

Gardiner has a history of offences and has appeared in court for crimes such as assault, shoplifting and driving offences. 

As Gardiner was led out of the court room in handcuffs, his raised his arms and waved to his mother.

“I love you mum,” he said.

He will reappear in court in March.

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