Police to rebut court 'lie' claim

WHEN Trevor John Gillespie was led from court by police in October, he yelled that officers had lied to him.

He was much quieter when he appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court by video link from prison on Thursday. His view had not changed.

Gillespie used this alleged defence again when his lawyer, Jack Blackburn, made an application for bail on his behalf.

Mr Blackburn said his client said he had made admissions of guilt to the arresting officer because the officer said he would not be jailed.

Gillespie allegedly robbed Tancred Foodworks on Gladstone Rd twice at knife-point, on September 25 and October 9.

He also faces attempted robbery charges from September 9 at the Brunswick Hotel, and break and enter and dishonestly obtaining an amount of money charges from October.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Joe Aboud said Gillespie's allegations of police misconduct were being investigated.

"The officers concerned will vigorously defend any allegations made against them," he said.

Sgt Aboud opposed Gillespie's bail application because Gillespie allegedly committed the armed robberies while on bail.

Mr Blackburn said there had been a change of living condition for Gillespie if he received bail and he would live at a Fitzroy St address with a friend. The court heard Gillespie had 10 years worth of criminal history.

Magistrate Tom Bradshaw refused Gillespie's bail application.

The case was adjourned until February 8, 2012, and Gillespie was remanded in custody.



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