Bashed for $40 at ATM



A MAN who was allegedly bashed and robbed for $40 in Rockhampton yesterday, was bashed again after handing the money to his attacker.

Police said the 51-year-old victim had been "sleeping off a big night'' on a footpath outside O'Dowd's Irish Pub, William Street, when he was approached between 5.45am and 6am.

They said a man allegedly began searching through the vic- tim's pockets and woke him.

The alleged offender claimed the victim had owed him money, police said.

When the victim, unknown to his attacker, stood up and tried to walk away he was allegedly grabbed and punched several times to the face.

Rockhampton plainclothes Constable Brendan Davis, said it would be alleged the victim was then "grabbed by the collar and marched to the ATM''.

After making the withdrawal and handing over the money, the victim escaped and ran towards the Kern Arcade. His attacker followed and allegedly assaulted him again with more punches to the head before fleeing.

People setting up for the Sunday markets came to the victim's aid and he was taken to the nearby police station with facial injuries.

Police located a man of interest at McDonald's, South Rockhampton, a short time later and took him in for questioning.

Last night a 28-year-old man was remanded in custody after being charged with robbery with violence and deprivation of liberty. He is expected to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court this morning.

The victim was reportedly shaken from the incident and spent yesterday recovering at home.



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