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Men on hold-up charge

DNA has led to the arrest of two Bundaberg men in relation to an alleged attempted armed robbery of a service station last year.

Lee Andrew Butler, 27, and David Erdmut Steck, 28, were charged with one count each of attempted armed robbery in company following an incident at United Service Station on June 6 last year.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court heard details of the alleged crime during Butler's bail application.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Barry Stevens, told the court two men entered the FE Walker Street service station about 2am and a third man loitered near the door.

The police prosecutor said Butler was armed with a kitchen knife and baseball bat, while the other man held a ten-pin bowling pin.

“The attendant armed himself with a fishing gaff hook to defend himself from an assault,” Sgt Stevens said.

He said the three men fled on foot across Walker Street, discarding items used in the alleged attempted robbery along the way.

The court heard a police search of the area was conducted the next day and items were found.

DNA on the evidence matched Butler's.

The prosecutor opposed bail.

“Your honour, this is a serious offence and carries a maximum penalty of seven years,” Sgt Stevens said.

The court heard Butler did not have a criminal history of violence or dishonesty offences and defence lawyer Matthew Messenger said that should viewed favourably.

But Magistrate Jennifer Batts denied Butler's bail application.

Steck appeared before the court earlier yesterday morning, after being arrested on Tuesday. He did not apply for bail.

The two defendants were remanded in custody and their case adjourned until October 23.



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