Alleged armed robbers front court

A 20-YEAR-OLD who entered a stranger's house and put a knife to an occupant's throat told police he only drew the knife because the man startled him, a court heard.

Travis Jack Jury appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday charged with the armed robbery of a Lakes Creek Rd home on Wednesday at 8pm.

His alleged companion is Jade Barwick Hawea Mitchell, 32.

Neither men entered pleas, but made applications for bail.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham said they entered the house by the back stairs and Jury put a knife against the victim's neck.

Ms Dunham said the man was also pinned against the wall while Jury and Mitchell demanded where the cash and drugs were kept.

She said Mitchell fled with several items and $200.

Mitchell was captured by police and Jury handed himself in at 5am yesterday.

Len Handley, the duty lawyer representing the men, said his clients were using the house as a hiding place to view their housemate, Hugh Jan Perston, 54, confront a man living next door.

He said Jury had a knife with him, but it wasn't a premeditated attack.

Mr Handley said the three men had been drinking at a party they held at their Koongal home and Perston said $150 was stolen from his room.

Perston claimed it was a drug-dealer man living on Lakes Creek Rd and Perston went to confront the man at his house, while Jury and Mitchell hid next door.

Ms Dunham said Perston screamed at the man he accused of stealing his money that he would burn down his house.

Perston's lawyer, Jack Blackburn, said his client had no idea what Jury and Mitchell were doing while they were next door.

Mr Blackburn made an application for bail on behalf of his client and said Perston would be contesting his armed robbery charge.

Magistrate Barry Cosgrove remanded Jury in custody.