Man pleads guilty to syringe attack

A NOWRA man who pleaded guilty to using a blood-filled syringe to threaten a female attendant during a robbery at a Sutherland milkbar and then carried out two bag snatches in Nowra on the same day will be sentenced in Nowra District Court on August 4.

The case against Steven Edward Brackley of Ferry Lane was heard in Nowra District Court on Monday by Judge Ian McClintock.

Brackley had earlier pleaded guilty to robbery armed with an offensive weapon when appearing in Nowra Local Court.

He was also charged with larceny and with two counts of steal from a person.

Police said Brackley entered the milkbar between 5.38pm and 5.40pm on September 14 armed with a blood-filled syringe, threatening a woman attendant who was 39 weeks pregnant with the syringe.

Police claim Brackley stole $1600 and a cash register valued at $500.

Evidence before the court said Brackley had previously stolen a numberplate from a vehicle in an underground car park in Engadine on September 2 that was later captured by CCTV footage on a vehicle used as a getaway car following the robbery.

He was also charged over two handbag thefts in Nowra on the same day in September last year.

Court documents said on September 27 between 12.10pm and 12.20pm Brackley approached a 40-year-old woman in the car park at Stockland Nowra and allegedly stole a handbag before running off.

Just hours later, police claim, Brackley stole the handbag of a 64-year-old woman from the front seat of her car in a Berry Street car park.

Judge McClintock adjourned the matters for sentencing on August 4.

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