Worrigee man refused bail over armed robbery and alleged stabbing

A Worrigee man charged with reckless wounding and robbery armed with an offensive weapon has been refused bail.

Edward John Cruickshank, 27, also faces charges of special aggravated break and enter with intent to commit an indictable offence and armed with intent to commit an indictable offence.

Court papers state Cruickshank and another male attended a caravan behind a home in Scenic Drive, Nowra between 8.30pm and 10.30pm on May 25 this year, where a 56-year-old man was allegedly stabbed and a 35-year-old was threatened with a shovel.

Court papers said two men and two females were in the caravan when Cruickshank and another man arrived and forced their way inside.

it is alleged Cruickshank was armed with a shovel, while the other man picked up a knife which was on the floor of the van.

Court papers said threats were made against the 56-year-old man who was told to get outside the van but refused.

It is believed an argument broke out over drugs, followed by a scuffle.

During the alleged altercation the light in the caravan was smashed and the 56-year-old man suffered a stab wound to his lower back, which resulted in a punctured lung.

The two intruders left the van, while the man was taken to Shoalhaven District Hospital and placed in intensive care.

The court heard Cruickshank and the other man were also involved in an alleged robbery in the early hours of May 27 at a home at Nowra East where a 54-year-old victim suffered a broken arm and nose as well as having his car and wallet stolen.

After a night at the Worrigee Sports Club, the 54-year-old was looking for a female friend who had left earlier in the evening and found himself at an Nowra East home, when Cruickshank and another man arrived.

The pair spoke to the victim and accused him of “being a dog” for being a “dobber” while in jail.

It is alleged one of the men punched the victim in the face and as he fell down he was struck a number of times with a metal bar.

It is alleged the men took his wallet and car keys before the victim could escape.

The men were seen shortly after driving away in the victim’s car.

Police issued a warrant for Cruickshank's arrest and following investigations arrested him on Tuesday afternoon (June 12).

In Nowra Local Court on Wednesday, Cruickshank did not enter any pleas to the charges and did not apply for bail which was formally refused by Magistrate Gabriel Fleming.

He will reappear in court  on June 20.


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