Duke pleads guilty to armed robberies

Joshua Duke

Joshua Duke

Nowra  man Joshua Duke has been committed for sentence in the Nowra District Court after pleading guilty to 11 offences, including three robberies in 24 hours in January last year, while armed with a dangerous weapon.

Joshua Leigh Duke, 31, who faced more than 70 charges, appeared in Nowra Local Court on Tuesday before Magistrate Alison Viney.

Duke pleaded guilty to holding up service stations at Albion Park, Tomerong and Batemans Bay between 2am on January 15 and 12.30am on January 16.

Police said Duke was armed with a 7.62mm semi-automatic rifle at the time.

He has also pleaded guilty to firing a firearm at other than a dwelling with disregard to safety, failing to stop in a police pursuit and driving recklessly, using an offensive weapon to prevent lawful detention, possessing an unregistered firearm and four counts of steal motor vehicle.

Some of the 70 charges he faced were withdrawn, with the remainder to be considered during his sentencing.

Bail was refused and the matter adjourned for sentencing in Nowra District Court on August 25.

In March this year Duke was sentenced to a 12-month jail term with a non-parole period of nine months after pleading guilty to escaping from the South Coast Correctional Centre.

Duke escaped from the jail on June 8, 2013 and had been on the run for 19 days before being arrested at an address in Robinia Way, Worrigee.

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