Traveller held up at knife point

A BACKPACKER was held up at knifepoint by three attackers late Thursday night as he accessed the internet at the Bundaberg Regional Library.

One of the alleged attackers, aged 17, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to apply for bail after being arrested for the alleged crime.

Police Prosecutor Fiona Ward told the court the victim was using his laptop in front of the library about 11.08pm when two people approached him.

One of the alleged attackers, Leeman Steven Zysk, 17, had been put on probation just 10 days before for stealing a car to “go looking for chicks”.

His two co-offenders, both juveniles, faced a closed court and cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard Zysk and one of the juvenile offenders stood in front of the backpacker and demanded money, with the juvenile holding a 3-inch-blade.

The complainant picked up his bag and laptop and ran in the direction of Woongarra Street and the two boys chased him.

The third defendant threw an object at the victim as he was running and missed.

“The complainant ran up an alleyway between groups of buildings screaming for help as he ran,” Snr Const Ward said.

The three alleged attackers pursued but stopped as the victim got near Bourbong Street and hailed a passing police car.

Officers located the three defendants at the intersection of Woongarra and Targo Streets.

They were arrested and both juvenile offenders were found in possession of knives.

Probation and parole officer Greg McMahon interviewed Zysk and said it was still too early to determine if probation was working.

“On the face of it, he seems to be committed but once he leaves the precinct, other things seem to take precedent,” he said.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts said Zysk's probation “clearly hasn't had the opportunity to kick in”.

She granted his bail and warned Zysk to comply with the conditions of bail and probation.

“I'm a serious man and I'm going to have a serious talk with Mr Zysk about that compliance before he's released,” Mr McMahon told the magistrate.



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