Terrence Elliot sits in the back of a police car after an alleged attempted armed robbery.
Terrence Elliot sits in the back of a police car after an alleged attempted armed robbery. File photo

Police claim man lunged with knife

TERRENCE James Elliot was fighting Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria just weeks before he moved to Rockhampton and allegedly used a knife to hold up a chemist.

He left the devastated state for a new life in Central Queensland.

But he didn't spend long in Rocky before he was in trouble.

Elliot allegedly walked into the Chemist on Cambridge store, on Cambridge Street, threatening staff with a knife and demanding prescription medication on Friday, August 21.

Police said the 26-year-old cut the phone line a female staff member was talking on and lunged at the woman with the knife.

A large-scale manhunt was launched across the city after the store was held up.

The offender fled empty handed.

Police arrested Elliot and he was charged with attempted robbery.

Wearing a suit and green shirt on Monday, Elliot smiled and waved to his family in Rockhampton Magistrates Court as he took his seat in the prisoner's dock.

His lawyer, Anthony DeFraine, made a third application for bail, telling Magistrate Annette Hennessy Elliot's friends had raised a $500 surety.

Police prosecutors opposed the bail application.

The court was told Elliot had a previous conviction for breaching a correctional order.

Elliot's lawyer also pointed out that he had moved to Rockhampton to start a new life after working as a firefighter during the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria, which killed about 170 people.

During proceedings on Monday, Elliott's surety was doubled to $1000.

But the application was refused by Ms Hennessy.

She said the surety addressed Elliot's flight risk but that he was still a risk to the community. Elliott will need to apply to the Supreme Court if he wants to try for bail again.



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