An alleged chicken shop robber who was thwarted by a splash of chilli sauce to the face has been refused bail with his father saying the shop’s quick-thinking staff did not go far enough in efforts to stop his son.
Tyrone Holmwood, 19, on Monday appeared in Waverley Court with red, irritated eyes and wearing a blue plastic forensic jump suit after his clothes were taken by Botany police.
The alleged chicken shop thief was left red faced and empty handed when an employee on Sunday night thwarted the heist with a serve of chilli to the face.
Mr Holmwood, charged with assault with intent to rob, had been in trouble with the law before and that on each occasion alcohol had been a factor, the court heard.
He had allegedly been drinking prior to the incident on Sunday night when he is alleged to have assaulted worker Joanna Petry-Tartnoski.
“Tyrone, now he is sober, is shocked at the allegations,” his solicitor Anthony Brookman told the court.
His father offered his son support as he made an unsuccessful bail application but outside that support wavered with Mr Holmwood saying if his son did what is alleged the shop owners should have come at him with more than just chilli.
“They poured hot chilli on his head? Good on them. I would have poured hot fat upon his head.”
He was refused bail and the matter returns to court next Tuesday.
Botany police were called to O’Le Portuguese style chicken takeaway in Rosebery when Mr Holmwood was incapacitated with minor burns from the bucket of chilli.
Inspector Paul Thornton said there was a dispute with staff about payment before the alleged robbery attempt about 6.15pm.
“It’s alleged he walked behind the counter and tried to push the two workers aside before attempting to open the cash register,” he said.
Inspector Thornton said one employee ran to the front of the store and called police while the other, a 27-year-old woman, tried to hold the man back from the register.
“We will allege he’s tried to smash open the cash register on the floor and struck the woman, she’s responded with a bucket of chilli flakes over his face, it was the actual chilli that’s got in the face and floored him,” he said.
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