Accused hold-up bandit sent back to CQ until next court date

A GRACEMERE man, who allegedly held up a convenience store with a knife during a family trip to Hervey Bay, has been released on bail and sent back to Central Queensland until his next court appearance.

Jarrod Kendall Bates, 28, is accused of walking into the Pialba Night Owl armed with a switch blade and demanding money from a staff member on Tuesday night, just hours after he allegedly made off with a stash of cigarettes from the store.

He was tracked by the dog squad to a nearby unit on Main St and charged with attempted armed robbery and stealing.

Police objected to bail due to the seriousness of the charges and on the grounds that when Bates was arrested he allegedly told officers he "wanted to go to jail" because he feared harming his partner, who he had been arguing with earlier in the day.

Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell remanded Bates in custody on Wednesday so he could undergo a mental health assessment and to give his partner Kylie Ford time to consider whether she would put in writing that she was not fearful of him.

Ms Ford penned a glowing letter describing him as a great father and asset around the home.

A mental health certificate before the court suggested he was not suffering from a condition.

Mr Tatnell allowed bail on strict condition.

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