A VISITOR to Wagga handed over his wallet to three bandits who confronted him and a mate in Tompson Street.
But when one of the robbers demanded the young man’s mobile telephone he pretended he did not have one.
He was slapped in the face.
“This isn’t a friendly robbery, give me your phone,” one of the robbers said.
The phone was then handed over.
The chilling encounter was outlined by Crown prosecutor Paul Kerr on the opening day of a District Court trial of Wagga man Mason George Lee.
The Crown alleges Lee was one of the three men who bailed up two university students about 1.30am on June 28, 2014.
Lee has pleaded not guilty to two counts of robbery in company.
Lee’s barrister Peter Williams said the defence would not question a robbery took place.
“The real issue is a question of whether Mr Lee was one of the people who robbed these two men,” Mr Williams said. “He denies he was one of them.”
Mr Kerr told the jury they would see CCTV footage that recorded the movements of the victims and robbers.
The trial continues.
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