Accused armed robber granted bail after 12 months on remand

WAITING FOR INFORMATION: One of three men who have been accused of involvement in an armed robbery at an Orange house has been granted bail after spending the past 12 months on remand.
WAITING FOR INFORMATION: One of three men who have been accused of involvement in an armed robbery at an Orange house has been granted bail after spending the past 12 months on remand.

A man was granted bail in Orange Local Court on Monday after spending 12 months in jail on armed robbery charges while police prepare material for the case. 

Alan Edwards, 26, of Harris Street, Bourke, is facing two charges of robbery armed with an offensive weapon and two charges of robbery armed with a dangerous weapon.

A woman, who did not appear in court, was also fined in Orange Local Court on Monday, April 3, for concealing information about the case.

It is alleged Edwards and two co-accused went to a house in Lords Place on May 21, 2016, seeking illicit drugs but when they were told there were none, a firearm was pointed at a woman in the backyard and a 13-year-old boy, who was inside the house.

Edwards and his co-accused are alleged to have stolen the woman’s handbag and iPad as well as the child’s iPhone.  

Edwards, also known as Alan Moore, was represented in court by solicitor Gerry Stapleton.

Solicitor Peter Ringbauer has also made representations.

“This was dropped in my lap this morning, there’s some concerns about the delay in the court,” Mr Stapleton said.

“He has given an address in Bourke, it will keep him out of the Orange area where the victim resides.”

The delay was blamed on difficulty sourcing material for the case with the crown prosecutor ordering the case not to proceed to the district court until the material has been provided by police.

Magistrate Terry Lucas agreed to granting conditional bail for Edwards, who must live in Bourke and not contact any witnesses or co-accused.

“A year on remand is quite unacceptable,” Mr Lucas said. “Please don’t muck it up,” he said to Edwards.

Monday, April 3, Alicia Marie Howarth, 30, of Bourke, was fined $800 in her absence for concealing a serious indictable offence of another person.

She was accused of failing to bring attention to police information that an armed robbery involving the three men had been committed.

According to police facts an item of Howarth’s clothing and Edward’s jacket were found in an abandoned car police were searching in relation to the case and she was arrested on May 23, 2016.

She told police she went to the house with the three men but waited outside and was not aware of a gun but saw the stolen items when they left together.