Armed robbery charge dropped

June 08, 2018

Prosecutors withdrew a charge of armed robbery against a man, 26, in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

Jason Atkinson, of Melbourne and Shepparton, had faced the serious charge over the alleged knife-point robbery of a man riding a motorised bicycle.

Mr Atkinson instead faces two charges of possessing a prohibited weapon and a further charge of possession of stolen goods.

Police prosecutor Michael Wilson alleged on Friday, January 12, a Shepparton man was riding a Dyno motorised bicycle south on Weddell St.

Police said an unknown man jumped out from behind a bush and ran towards the man on the corner of John St.

The man grabbed hold of the handle bars and allegedly said, ‘‘Get off the bike, I have a knife’’.

The man allegedly produced a fold-out knife, about 15cm long.

Police allege the man pointed the knife at the man and said, ‘‘Jump off the bike’’.

Fearing for his safety, the alleged victim got off the bike, but continued to hold on to it.

The unknown man allegedly yelled, ‘‘Let go of it’’.

The alleged victim replied, ‘‘No. This is my f***ing bike’’.

Police said the unknown man then punched the alleged victim in the head.

The victim allegedly told police his vision blurred and he fled towards St Georges Rd fearing he would be stabbed.

As a result of the assault, the man received bruising and a small cut to the side of his face.

Police allege a short time later they caught Mr Atkinson and his girlfriend in possession of a motorised bike.

A search allegedly turned up a fold-out knife in Mr Atkinson’s possession.

Mr Atkinson then allegedly attempted to flee, but was chased and again caught.

A further search of Mr Atkinson allegedly turned up a homemade knuckle duster.

The victim later identified the bike as the one that had allegedly been stolen.

Magistrate Fran Medina heard from the prosecutor and the barrister for the defence, Aggy Kapitaniak, that the armed robbery charge was being withdrawn.

‘‘My client is an indigenous man with a very short prior history,’’ Ms Kapitaniak told the court.

All three charges were referred to the Koori Court.

Ms Medina set a nightly curfew and ordered Mr Atkinson to report to police twice a week in Melbourne, where he lives, as part of his continuing bail conditions.

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