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Second man charged over armed robbery at The Commy


A second man has been charged following an investigation into an armed robbery at The Commonwealth Hotel last month.

About 4.45am on Wednesday 28 February, police were called to a licensed premises, commonly known as The Commy, at the intersection of Union and Bull streets in Cooks Hill.

It followed reports of an armed robbery, which left a couple of workers needing medical assistance.

Police were told two men – armed with a machete and a baseball bat – forced entry to the hotel and confronted two employees, before fleeing with cash.

Officers from Newcastle City Police District found a male employee injured.

They performed CPR until the arrival of NSW Ambulance paramedics.

The worker was reportedly assaulted by one of the armed men and suffered a medical episode.

He was taken to hospital in a serious condition, where he remains.

The second employee suffered minor injuries.

Local police then began inquiries under Strike Force Krichauff.

Earlier this month, one man was charged and remains before the courts.

Following further inquiries, detectives arrested a 28-year-old male in Cooks Hill about 7.45pm on Wednesday 13 March.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged with robbery armed with offensive weapon, reckless grievous bodily harm – in company, and conspiracy to commit robbery in company.

The man was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on Thursday 14 March.

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