Four face rob­bery charges

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Four men with al­leged links to the Kar­ratha Rebels out­law mo­tor­cy­cle gang ap­peared in court last Fri­day to face charges re­lat­ing to an al­leged se­ri­ous as­sault and armed rob­bery on New Year’s Day.

A 56-year-old man from Bayn­ton and a 26-yearold and two 20-year-old men from Mil­lars Well ap­peared in Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court on charges of ag­gra­vated home bur­glary, ag­gra­vated armed rob­bery and griev­ous bod­ily harm.

The 26-year-old has also been charged with mak­ing a threat to kill.

The charges stem from an al­leged in­ci­dent at a Bul­garra house on the evening of Jan­uary 1, when po­lice claim the four men as­saulted a 28-year-old man, some us­ing weapons, and stole a large amount of cash and other valu­ables from the prop­erty.

The man has been hos­pi­talised with se­ri­ous fa­cial and body in­juries which may re­quire surgery.

In the early hours of Thurs­day, West and East Pil­bara de­tec­tives, Kar­ratha po­lice and the Perth gang crime squad searched a num­ber of lo­cal prop­er­ties where they al­legedly found ma­chetes, a samurai sword and knuck­le­dusters among other items.

The four men were later charged and remanded in cus­tody, hav­ing been re­fused bail by po­lice.

In court on Fri­day, Mag­is­trate Michelle Ri­d­ley ad­journed all of the cases to the Stir­ling Gar­dens Mag­is­trate’s Court in Perth next Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 11, where the ac­cused will ap­pear via video link.

Pil­bara dis­trict po­lice Act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Neville Dock­ery said of­fi­cers were com­mit­ted to tack­ling crime in the re­gion.

He said mem­bers of the pub­lic who have fur­ther in­for­ma­tion or have been vic­tims of crime should con­tact po­lice.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Pil­bara dis­trict po­lice Act­ing Supt Neville Dock­ery and West Pil­bara de­tec­tives’ Sen. Sgt Car­los Cor­reia with weapons al­legedly found at the prop­er­ties of four men charged with sev­eral of­fences.

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