Man accused of using axe as a threat to get Mack truck

A 39-YEAR-OLD Toowoomba father has been held in custody on extortion, robbery with violence and assault occasioning bodily harm charges over the alleged theft of a Mack truck.

Police arrested Mark Hawks on Thursday night as a part of an investigation at a Paull St home in Wilsonton.

The most serious of his charges related to an incident at a Tara property on the Western Downs on Saturday last week.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said during Hawks' bail application yesterday police were alleging Hawks had threatened to hurt the complainant with an axe.

Police also alleged Hawks had made his victim sign over a Mack truck to his possession.

"You threatened to chop this man into little bits," Mr Carroll said.

However, defence solicitor Claire Graham said her client didn't have an axe at any point in the altercation.

Ms Graham said Hawks and the complainant had known each other for about 15 years and had been friends and work colleagues.

She said that relationship started to go "pear shaped" in December last year.

The court heard Hawks was working for his brother cutting wood when they happened to come across the complainant at the Tara property.

Ms Graham said her client had approached the complainant about money owed and tried to get him to sign over ownership of the truck.

She said the truck was not removed from the property after the complainant left.

"He (Hawks) has left it where it all occurred," Ms Graham said.

Mr Carroll noted the denial of the presence of the axe.

Hawks was denied bail and remanded in custody for his matters to again be mentioned on August 29.



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