Let’s not waste time, says accused robber
AN alleged armed robber extradited from Britain told a Sydney court yesterday that he wanted to plead guilty to nine notorious crimes from the 1980s.
Ian “Rabbit” Steele had faced charges over armed robberies that took place in Sydney between 1982 and 1987, including one in Strathfield in which more than $20,000 was stolen.
Police said yesterday Steele had been deported from the UK on Friday and was arrested by detectives from the Robbery and Series Crime Squad on his arrival in Sydney.
He appeared in Parramatta Bail Court yesterday afternoon and, representing himself, told the court he would plead guilty to all charges.
“I don’t see the point in wasting people’s time and money on matters that are just straightforward guilty pleas,” he told the court.
“My wish is that they are all finalised as quickly and easily as possible.”
The 58-year-old (pictured left in 1990) appeared from Surry Hills holding cells wearing a white T-shirt and sporting a bandage on his left forearm. Steele is also charged with escaping custody in 1983 and in 1986.
He will appear again via video link at Central Local Court on Thursday.