Police cite jumper as heist evidence

A BLACK, hooded jumper holds the key to linking Michelle Newton and Michael Mostyn to an armed robbery in North Rockhampton on Thursday, a court has heard.

Defence solicitor Brian McGowran said although the jumper and an empty sheath were found in the couple's car, it still didn't prove they used a knife to hold up Choice Petroleum on the corner of Thozet and Rockonia roads at 9pm.

Yesterday police claimed Mostyn, 31, stole cash, which The Morning Bulletin understands to be $500, from the service station with Newton, 18, as his alleged getaway driver.

A 19-year-old cashier was badly shaken by the alleged armed robbery and didn't go to work yesterday.

Both Mostyn and Newton have been charged with armed robbery and entering a premises with intent.

Neither was required to enter a plea when they applied for bail in Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday. Police said Mostyn went behind the counter and demanded the girl open a safe.

The safe couldn't be opened and Mostyn allegedly grabbed what he could out of the register.

Police said Mostyn fled the store and ran down Rockonia Street where he got into a car.

A witness reported seeing a white hatchback car heading along Rockonia Street towards Emu Park.

Mr McGowran yesterday claimed the police case against his clients was weak and there was no hard evidence linking them to the robbery.

But police say a witness also described Mostyn by his neck tattoo and CCTV footage would also prove he was the offender.

Mr McGowran said the car Mostyn and Newton were driving was silver, not white as the witness identified, and no cash or knife had been found.

“The car itself is not identified. The hatchback with a black hoodie appears to be the only link - there is no positive identification,” he said.

The court was told that Mostyn and Newton were in a relationship and lived with Newton's mother in Rockhampton.

Magistrate John McGrath granted both accused bail yesterday with strict curfew conditions.

Earlier in the day, the manager of the petrol station praised his staff member who he said handled the situation well.

He said no damage was done to the store and the entire site was under full surveillance.



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