THE Liberty service station on Centre St in Casino was the target of a violent robbery early Sunday morning.
THE Liberty service station on Centre St in Casino was the target of a violent robbery early Sunday morning. Hamish Broome

Thieves 'slash' worker in terrifying servo hold-up

UPDATE, Monday 6.15am: POLICE are calling for help from the public after a horrific robbery in Casino yesterday morning.

Just before 7am,  police were called to the Liberty service station on Centre Street.

Well known retired Casino boxing coach, Ken Whitton, was working at the service station when three men attacked him with a knife and metal pole.

The 61-year-old tried to defend himself, but he was assaulted and slashed with the knife.

The men stole cash and fled the scene.

Mr Whitton was taken to Lismore Base Hospital with cuts to his face.

As investigations continue, anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers. Phone 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: www.nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Do not report any information via the police social media pages.

 

UPDATE, Sunday 4pm: Well known retired Casino boxing coach Ken Whitton, a former president of the Casino RSM Boxing Club, was the victim of a horrific robbery early this morning in Casino.

Friends of Mr Whitton said they understood he had only just opened the door of the Liberty service station on Centre St when three masked and armed men jumped him.

Fighting back, Mr Whitton managed to rip a mask off one of the men.

He paid dearly. The extent of his injuries are still unknown but they are serious and he is still in hospital.

"There was a lot of blood on the ground," said a local man who didn't wish to be named.

"He's in a bad way."

Fortunately, the entire incident was captured on CCTV and Mr Whitton's brave act means at least one of the men can be identified by police.

A friend of the family described the former coach as a "top bloke".

Mr Whitton's daughter Karlee is an Australian champion boxer, and he has taken several local boxers to Australian championships in his coaching career.

It's understood he had recently retired from coaching.

 

THE Liberty service station on Centre St in Casino was the target of a violent robbery early Sunday morning.
THE Liberty service station on Centre St in Casino was the target of a violent robbery early Sunday morning. Hamish Broome

ORIGINAL, 12pm: A MAN is in hospital with serious injuries after a violent robbery in Casino last night.

At least three men remain at large after the attack, in which cash was stolen from a Liberty service station on Centre St after the shop attendant was attacked.

It's understood that one of the men was wielding a metal pole during the robbery, while another had a knife.

The incident unfolded about 6.30am this morning, according to Casino police.

Police are reluctant to comment further on the active investigation at this stage.

More information to come as it comes to hand.


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