Court tells mum keep tabs on son
A COURT has ordered a mother to keep a 24-hour watch over her son who is accused of holding up two service stations at knifepoint at the weekend.
Justin Wayne Gottke entered no plea in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon to one count each of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and a drug offence.
The charges stem from the alleged robbery of the Caltex station on the corner of William and George Sts at 5.30am on Saturday and the Choice Petroleum service station on Gladstone Rd later that same day at 8.30pm.
The alleged bandit failed to get any cash at the Caltex station from the attendant whom he allegedly pulled a knife on, but managed to get away with a sum of cash after allegedly threatening the 22-year-old female attendant at the Choice station.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Sean Franklin opposed a bail application from duty lawyer Danny Yarrow on the grounds that the robber used a knife, and clothing found at Gottke's address was consistent with what had been seen on the CCTV footage.
Sen Const Franklin said a knife found at his address was also similar to what one of the complainants had described.
Mr Yarrow said his client would contest the charges and would need to be assessed for his capacity to stand trial.
Magistrate Annette Hennessy said she would release him into the care of his mother who would need to watch over him and ensure he did not “roam around” and meet his friends at night.
She had “grave concerns” keeping him in custody without a formal assessment of his mental disability.
He will reappear in court in June for committal or mention.