Armed robbery accused in court

Luke Weier.
Luke Weier.

A FORMER Killarney man accused of an armed hold-up late last year has been extradited to New South Wales.

Luke James Weier, 21, appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon after being arrested in Warwick and taken into custody on Tuesday.

Weier is accused of breaking into the Legume store just across the border from Killarney on October 27, and threatening the store owners with a weapon.

The offences carry a maximum prison term of 25 years in NSW.

Weier was led handcuffed into the dock shortly before 2pm yesterday, where detectives from Warwick and from Casino were waiting.

The NSW police, through Warwick Police Prosecutor Sergeant Ken Wiggan, applied for Weier to be extradited to face court in Lismore over the alleged offences and for him to be remanded in custody in the meantime.

Sgt Wiggan told Magistrate Graham Lee that Weier faced four serious charges.

Police allege that about 4.30am on the morning in question, Weier approached the Legume store and yelled for someone to let him in.

He is then said to have fired a shot through the front door window, which he then allegedly smashed with the butt of the rifle in his possession to gain entry to the store.

Sgt Wiggan said the evidence would be that Weier woke the husband and wife owners in an attached residence, with the husband struggling with Weier through the door to get hold of the weapon.

Weier is then said to have fled the scene, with the female store owner and Weier receiving cuts from the broken window, glass from which was recently DNA tested. Weier, who at the time of his arrest resided with his girlfriend in Warwick, was not required to enter a plea and applied for bail.

Sgt Wiggan objected due to the seriousness of the charges and the risk that Weier could fail to appear in court.

Mr Lee agreed and remanded Weier in custody, also ordering his extradition to NSW. He will face Lismore Court today.

Topics:  armed robbery, court, warwick magistrates court



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