Knife robber needed cash for Christmas

AN IRONBARK man involved in an armed robbery spree told police he needed money for Christmas and admitted to his stupidity.

Jamie Leigh Page, who was 23 at the time of the offence, pleaded guilty to three charges in the Bendigo Magistrates Court Wednesday.

Page entered the New China Restaurant at about 5.50pm on December 14 last year armed with a knife in his pocket.

He approached the owner and demanded cash before drawing the knife and showing it to the owner.

An employee attempted to open a cash register but said they did not know how to do so.

Page then left the store empty-handed and approached a woman sitting in a car and opened the door, before pointing a knife at her.

The woman handed over $25 cash and Page demanded her mobile phone.

She refused to hand over the device and told Page to “f--- off”.

Page then entered the reception of the Barclay on View motel with the knife in his pocket before demanding cash from a receptionist.

He left the shop empty-handed and said he was sorry as he walked out.

He walked along View Street and headed down Barnard Street before spotting a police van and dropped the knife.

Police arrested Page and found the $25 taken from the woman, and he told police where the knife was located.

He made full admissions to police.

“(He stated) he needed money for Christmas, he wasn’t thinking straight and it was just stupidity,” an agreed summary of evidence stated.

He pleaded guilty via video link to three charges of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and attempted theft.

A further three charges were struck out and he did not apply for bail.

490 High Street, Golden SquarePage was represented in court by lawyer Kate Youngson. 

He was largely silent during the hearing other than affirming a plea of guilt. 

Page was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on March 24 in the Bendigo County Court. 

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