Kempsey man not guilty of Sawtell Hotel hold-up

A KEMPSEY man has been found not guilty of playing a part in last year's armed hold-up of the Sawtell Hotel.

Leslie Dean Davis, 26, was accused of helping two others smash through the front window of the First Ave pub last January armed with a knife, screwdriver and paver.

It was alleged that inside, the trio allegedly threatened staff, stole a large sum of cash and fled.

APN Newsdesk can now reveal two other men were convicted over their part in the robbery late last year.

Frank Woods and Chris Dungay were arrested in the getaway car immediately after fleeing the hotel.

The pair pleaded guilty and were sentenced together on October 2, with District Court Judge Wells finding special circumstances in both cases.

Dungay was given a head sentence of three years and nine months with a non-parole period of two years and three months while Woods received a total four years and will be eligible for parole in September next year.

Mr Davis was arrested in Kempsey following a manhunt for an alleged third accomplice.

A trial was held in the Coffs Harbour District Court over the past week but a jury found there was not enough evidence to convict him.

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