Teen charged with violent robbery

A TEENAGER charged with the violent robbery of an elderly Maryborough man has been refused bail.

Matthew Robert Lyons, 17, appeared in custody in Maryborough Magistrates Court where he was committed to stand trial for the robbery.

Police allege Lyons and two other youths approached the man as he was walking his dog on Kent Street early on the morning of August 14.

The man was allegedly punched and knocked to the ground before the teenagers robbed him of his money.

The alleged victim of the August 14 robbery waited outside the courthouse yesterday as Lyons was committed to the District Court.

Lyons was arrested over the robbery in September and allowed bail with strict conditions. He was taken into custody in early January after allegedly committing several break-in and stealing offences.

Defence solicitor Judy Millward said Lyons had kitchenhand work to go to if he was released on bail and would agree to stick to any conditions imposed by the court.

Magistrate John Smith, however, said Lyons posed an unacceptable risk of re-offending.

Bail was refused and Lyons was taken back to the cells.



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