Teen critical after ram raid

UPDATE 2.30pm: A 15-year-old involved in a ram-raid attack on the Victoria Tavern bottle shop last weekend remains in a critical condition in Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Earlier today, the alleged driver of the two-seater Holden utility, Daniel Lee Solomon, 19, appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court where a magistrate denied his bail application on several grounds.

The magistrate deemed the seriousness of the alleged offending and the fact Solomon was already on bail for separate offences were crucial factors.

Solomon was remanded in custody and is due to appear in court again on May 25 for a committal mention.

10am: Daniel Lee Solomon is expected to apply for bail this morning, as his 15-year-old passenger could still be fighting for his life.

Solomon, 19, faced the Rockhampton Magistrate Court yesterday, where his bail hearing was adjourned to today.

It is alleged he was the driver of a two-seater Holden utility that was also carrying the 15-year-old and 19-year-old Richard James Dobson when it was used in a ram raid attack of the Victoria Tavern bottle shop.

After stealing a small amount of liquor, Solomon allegedly sped off, but crashed into a power pole just 400m away and critically injured his youngest passenger.

When he faced court about 8.30am yesterday it was on several charges including dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm while adversely affected. However, this charge could be changed to manslaughter if the boy does not recover.

Late yesterday afternoon neither the police nor the Royal Brisbane Hospital was able to provide a condition update.

Solomon is also charged with disqualified driving, entering premises and committing an indictable offence and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.



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