A PROMINENT WA businessman wept openly in a Perth court during his first appearance on two charges of armed robbery.
Anthony Joseph Sita, 46, is accused of stealing more than $24,000 from the NAB’s Innaloo branch last Wednesday and of unsuccessful attempting to rob the ANZ in Bull Creek two days later.
It is alleged that in both incidents Mr Sita wore a hat and sunglasses to disguise his face and informed tellers that he was armed with a shotgun.
The court was told yesterday that he also threatened to kill staff if they did not comply with his demands.
Police arrested Mr Sita at his Hillarys home on Tuesday and he did not apply for bail during a brief appearance in the Perth Magistrate’s Court.
Family members were in court during proceedings and Mr Sita repeatedly wiped away tears as the details of his alleged offences were read to the court.