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Police say Hep C positive man used syringe in robbery

A MAN with hepatitis C accused of holding up a Bundaberg adult shop with a blood filled syringe and a knife has been refused bail.
A MAN with hepatitis C accused of holding up a Bundaberg adult shop with a blood filled syringe and a knife has been refused bail.

A MAN with hepatitis C accused of holding up a Bundaberg adult shop with a blood filled syringe and a knife has been refused bail.

Christopher Peter Mark Bowmaker, 30, and Michael Peter Courtice, 35, are accused of holding up the Totally Adult store on Princess St about 8.30pm on Monday night.

Bowmaker today applied for bail in Bundaberg Magistrates Court where police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens alleged the motive for the robbery was the pair wanted money to buy drugs.

"The shop attendant handed over $450," Sgt Stevens said.

The prosecutor said the store was allegedly held up with a knife, syringe and a spanner and that police caught up with the pair a short time later.

"Police attended an address in Bundaberg and located the defendants running into the house," he said.

Police allege the pair were high on morphine at the time.

"(They) said they had no more speed or morphine and wanted more," Sgt Stevens said.

"He (Bowmaker) said he has been in Bundaberg for about four weeks.

"Police (believe) he has a serious drug habit."

The prosecutor said Bowmaker, who is unemployed, had shown "scant regard to public safety".

Solicitor Gavin James said he would challenge some of the facts.

"Specifically in relation to the carrying and use of the weapons inside the shop," he said.

"Whilst the prosecution does say they have a strong case, my submission is the prosecution case is not without its problems in relation to the element of aggravation."

Mr James said bail conditions could be imposed such as a curfew, reporting requirements or drug and alcohol testing.

But Magistrate Aaron Simpson was not convinced and refused Bowmaker's bail, remanding him in custody.

Bowmaker's alleged accomplice Courtice will face court on Friday to allow him access to a lawyer.



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