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Luke Weier at the Warwick Courthouse.
Luke Weier at the Warwick Courthouse.

AN ACCUSED armed robber who allegedly fired a shot through a country store's front door window late last year has been refused bail for the second time in two days.

Luke James Weier, 21, was extradited to New South Wales on Wednesday after appearing in the Warwick Magistrates Court.

Weier was also refused bail and remanded in custody and yesterday appeared in Lismore Local Court, charged over an incident at the Legume Store just over the NSW border on October 27.

If convicted, he could face a prison term with a maximum of 25 years.

Weier's solicitor Monique Hannigan yesterday applied for bail on behalf of her client but it was refused by acting registrar Brett Newberry.

Lismore police duty officer Inspector Matt Kehoe argued Weier should not be given bail for the protection of the Warwick community.

He argued another reason to refuse bail was that Weier's parents had firearms stored at their residence.

On behalf of her client, Ms Hannigan told the court Weier was "not a risk to the community".

"It would be really unlikely that he would commit another serious offence while he is on bail," she said.

Police allege at 4.30am on the day in question Weier approached the Legume store and yelled for someone to let him in.

He stands accused of waking the husband and wife owners of the store by firing a shot through the front door window and then smashing it with the butt of his weapon.

Shortly afterwards he allegedly became involved in a struggle with the husband who was trying to wrestle the rifle from him.

He is then said to have fled the scene.

Insp Kehoe told the court police would allege they had DNA evidence after Weier suffered cuts from the broken window.

Mr Newberry adjourned Weier's matters until Monday, to be heard again at Lismore Local Court.

 

Topics:  bail, court, nsw




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