Teen faces court for armed robbery

A TEENAGE girl currently on probation for threatening to stab staff at Berny’s Fish Bar has been charged with the armed robbery of a Newtown service station.

Missy Kimberley Payne, 17, appeared in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday charged with armed robbery, entering premises with intent and three counts of assaulting/obstructing police.

Police claim the teenager was armed with a knife when she threatened a 41-year-old worker emptying a bin at the back of Freedom Fuels, at the intersection of West and Russell Sts, at 7.10pm on Sunday, June 19.

She forced the woman back inside the service station at knife-point and demanded money.

Police said Payne fled with a sum of money from the cash register.

She was arrested on Friday and held in custody.

Prosecutor Sergeant Greg Lewis said police objected to Payne’s bail application as she posed a significant risk to herself and members of the community.

Sgt Lewis noted Payne was sentenced in Toowoomba Magistrates Court to three years probation on May 12 over the incident at Berny’s Fish Bar on March 16.

She entered the Herries St business armed with a 27cm knife and threatened to stab an employee if he did not call police.

Payne was suffering from mental health issues and wanted police to shoot her.

She was tasered when she threatened police with the knife.

Sgt Lewis told the court Payne had also used a knife during the service station armed robbery.

Defence solicitor Phil Stainton said his client’s mental health problems were not significant enough at the moment for her to be held in a mental health institution.

He told the court Payne had not taken her medication leading up to both offences.

However, she was now receiving fortnightly medication injections.

Mr Stainton said Payne told police she had been threatened by another person, which was why she robbed the service station.

Magistrate Greg McIntyre noted armed robberies had a serious effect on victims.

He granted Payne bail on strict conditions. She will reappear in court on September 30.

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