Father of five charged

FATHER of five Damian Graham Russell did an amateur job of holding up a North Rockhampton petrol station using a knife, his lawyer said yesterday.

He was arrested almost 10 minutes after he allegedly held a knife on the counter of Choice Petroleum on Sunday afternoon.

Russell, 32, was denied bail in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday.

Police allege he demanded cash from the male attendant and made off with money and cigarettes.

Russell was arrested in a unit on Shepherd Street, only one block away from the servo.

It was the second time the Thozet Road service station had been hit by armed bandits in 10 days.

Defence lawyer Peter Sorensen told the court Russell needed to look after his de facto partner and five children.

Mr Sorensen said Russell lost his full- time job a couple of weeks ago but was looking for more employment.

Russell has not entered a plea to a charge of entering premises with intent and robbery with actual violence.

Magistrate John McGrath refused the bail application.

Russell's matters will be mentioned again on October 28.



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