A 14-year-old boy denied bail

A 14-YEAR-OLD was one of three to allegedly rob a Rockhampton convenience store this week with guns and a baseball bat.

While his two co-offenders are yet to be caught by police, the 14-year-old boy will be spending the next few months in juvenile detention.

The boy, of petite build, was refused bail yesterday in Rockhampton Magistrates Court after being arrested and charged with armed robbery on Wednesday.

He faced the court alone as his mother was unable to make the court appearance and say goodbye.

Police allege the boy, who cannot be named by law because he is a juvenile, was the offender armed with a baseball bat during the robbery.

His two co-offenders were armed with guns.

The trio allegedly demanded cash and cigarettes from a male shop attendant at the Oasis Convenience Store, on the corner of Richardson Road and Bruigom Street at 8pm on Monday.

Two of the bandits hid their faces behind pieces of clothing while a third had a hood over his head.

An application by police to take a DNA sample from the boy was yesterday granted by Magistrate John McGrath.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Elder said DNA was required because it’s believed during the robbery the boy touched a number of areas inside the store without gloves.

DNA would confirm their suspicions.

A baseball bat and clothing matching video surveillance was located at the boy’s home, where he lives with his uncle in the CQ area.

Defence solicitor Anthony DeFraine said the boy was alleged to have entered the store last and have taken only cigarettes.

“He was only a party to the robbery and he walked in after injuries to the complainant,” he said.

“DNA is going to be the real key and from my experience we’re looking at a six to eight month wait. My client shouldn’t be penalised for that time and should be allowed bail.”

Magistrate John McGrath refused the boy bail, based on his extensive history of breaching bail program orders. The boy’s next court appearance will be February 2.



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