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Chilling moment ice-addict forces female worker to unlock club’s pokie machines to steal cash

Chilling moment father storms a club armed with a shotgun and forces a terrified woman to unlock a row of pokies before fleeing with cash – as he’s jailed over violent robbery

  • CCTV of moment two thugs hold up bowling club armed with hammer and gun 
  • Brent Henderson and Joel Shoesmith sentenced for armed robbery over attack 
  • Footage shows the lone female worker being forced to unlock slot machines 

Two armed men who stormed a bowling club and terrorised a female worker before fleeing with cash from pokies have been jailed over the terrifying attack.

Father-of-two Brent Henderson was armed with a shotgun when he stormed the Abermain Bowling Club in the NSW Hunter region in 2017.

Chilling CCTV footage captured the moment he burst through the doors with his sledgehammer-wielding accomplice Joel Shoesmith. 

The pair made a beeline for a female employee closing up the shop alone.   

Brent Henderson (pictured) was jailed for a maximum seven years six months on Monday for the terrifying attack 

The security footage showed the woman raising her hands in the air before the two thugs tied her hands and feet with duct tape. 

Henderson and Shoesmith ransacked the till and then turned their attention to the club’s poker machines and ATMs. 

Realising they needed the staff member’s help to access the extra cash, they proceeded to untie her and march her from pokie to pokie at gunpoint. 

She was then forced back to the ground to again have her limbs bound with duct tape. 

The pair then left the bowling club with bags filled with the evening’s takings. 

They made off with $16,000 in cash as the traumatised worker was left tied up and struggling and the ground. 

The blackened and burnt out shell of their getaway car was later found nearby. 

Security footage shows the two thugs marching the bowling club worker from pokie to pokie as she unlocks them (pictured)

Security footage shows the two thugs marching the bowling club worker from pokie to pokie as she unlocks them (pictured) 

Shoesmith was arrested after the robbery and plead guilty – receiving a four year prison term. 

Henderson was arrested three months later and contested his charges. 

Two subsequent trials failed to reach a result and a third ended with a hung jury. 

On Monday, he was found guilty of armed robbery and sentenced to a maximum seven years and six months in prison, reports 7 News. 

The result also ended a blanket suppression order of his case allowing the shocking CCTV footage to be released. 

Henderson will be eligible for parole in 2023. 

The pair then tie the woman with duct tape and flee the venue (pictured). Their burnt out car was later found nearby

The pair then tie the woman with duct tape and flee the venue (pictured). Their burnt out car was later found nearby 

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