Lucky punter ‘deserved loss’

A MAN who was robbed of his winnings after a good day on the horses deserved it for telling everyone, a court has been told.

The County Court sitting at Mildura yesterday heard the 60-year-old victim was living in a room attached to the rear of an Eighth Street house with 45-year-old Kate Henderson when she and two males – one a 16-year-old boy – conspired to rob the man of his success on the punt.

The court was told that on the afternoon of June 23, 2015, the victim paid the accused $300 for two weeks’ rent, saying he’d had a big win on the horses, but later that evening she told him she had lost the $300 on the pokies.

The man went to bed about 11.30pm, placing his wallet, containing $585, under his pillow.

Early the following morning, Henderson sent a text message to a friend, saying: “You got anyone with you there’s something I want done at my house.”

Office of Public Prosec­utions prosecutor David O’Doh­erty said she then called her friend and told her she was going to rip off the victim.

Mr O’Doherty said Henderson told her friend he deserved it for telling everyone about his winnings.

He said the accused sent further text messages to her friend, which included: “I think it’s under his pillow” and “It’s obviously in his bed so it’s going to be hard.”

The court was told that at 4.30am, the woman left the premises and stood across the road while the teenage offender entered the victim’s room wearing a balaclava and carrying a kitchen knife and torch.

The boy woke the victim and asked: “Where is it ... where’s your wallet?”

The youth ran through the house and out the front door followed by the victim, who saw a co-accused male in the loungeroom and Henderson walking towards the house from across the street.

Mr O’Doherty said Henderson and the co-accused left the house in a car and collected the boy, who was hiding behind a tree a short distance away.

The court was told Henderson was handed $70 from the wallet and the trio travelled to the APCO service station, where they bought cigarettes, drinks and petrol.

Henderson later told police she didn’t know her co-accused were going to rob the man and “put a knife to him”.

Henderson is expected to be sentenced on a charge of aggravated burglary today.

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