Court hears plastic gun found at unit of accused robber

A PLASTIC handgun, a pair of sunglasses and a number of brand-name shoeboxes were some of the items Rockhampton detectives seized in John Robert Cole's Yeppoon unit just four days after his alleged armed robbery.

Six police officers gave evidence in the trial of the alleged robber in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday where photographs of seized items from Cole's unit were shown to the jury.

Detective Senior Constable Bronwyn Allen from the Criminal Investigation Branch was one of the detectives called to attend the Yeppoon address on January 12, just four days after Cole allegedly robbed the Westpac Bank branch at Stockland Rockhampton.

Cole has pleaded not guilty to one charge of armed robbery.

It's alleged Cole entered the Westpac branch at 3.30pm on January 8, disguised in sunglasses and a long sleeve shirt, where he allegedly told the bank teller he had a gun and demanded money.

It's alleged he then fled the scene on foot, chased by the bank manager, before he took off in a getaway car, believed to be a white Commodore, with close to $10,000 in cash which he later spent on a second-hand BMW and shoes at Foot Locker.

Det Snr Const Allen said she saw the white vehicle parked in front of the Whitman St unit when police arrived at 8.40pm.

"There was a vehicle out the front of the house, a white vehicle," Det Snr Const Allen said.

"A number of items were also seized from the unit including a pair of white and orange sunglasses, shoeboxes including one Fila brand and one Asics brand, and a box containing a plastic handgun."It was a one-bedroom unit and from the belongings you could tell a male was living at the residence."

Cole's documentation was also found at the residence.

The trial continues today.



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