No bail for man on GBH charges

A MAN who allegedly bashed and robbed a couple in the CBD was denied bail yesterday.

Bernard Charles Jarman, 28, faced charges of grievous bodily harm, carrying a knife in a public place, attempted robbery and stealing, after an attack on September 4.

He appeared in custody to make a bail application at Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.

Bundaberg Police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott said Jarman and two other men allegedly scuffled with a teenager and stole a woman’s handbag, in an unprovoked assault near the corner of Alice and Barolin streets about 12.45am.

She alleged the group of men, including Jarman, threw punches at the 19-year-old man and demanded money before stealing a handbag from the man’s girlfriend.

The man was hurt so severely he needed reconstructive surgery.

“The victim had a fractured cheekbone and eye socket, and required specialist treatment and an operation in Brisbane,” Sgt Shapcott said.

Defence lawyer Christine Delaney said Jarman denied being the ringleader of the attack.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said he was an unacceptable risk of re-offending and remanded him in custody.

He will reappear in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on November 15.

Two other men have also been charged in relation to the incident, and were released on bail.

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