Man accused of preying on intellectually impaired woman

A MAN who police have accused of preying on an intellectually impaired woman was refused bail after facing court on a charge of robbery.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Natalie Kieseker yesterday told Toowoomba Magistrates Court that Kim Grogan-Clunes had befriended an intellectually impaired woman about a week ago.

Snr Const Kieseker said the 48-year-old had given the woman $25 to buy him cannabis.

However, she said Grogan-Clunes had attended the woman's house between 2.30pm and 3pm on Monday and threatened her with a knife to have the money returned.

"This person preys on people with an intellectual impairment," Snr Const Kieseker said.

Police said Grogan-Clunes was arrested in Newtown Park a short time after fleeing the woman's Tor St house.

In applying for bail, Grogan-Clunes' defence solicitor Divina DeLeon said her client suffered from sleep apnoea and had not slept well in the nights before the incident.

"He had no intentions to hurt the victim, just try to scare her to get the money back," she said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll denied bail for Grogan-Clunes and set his next appearance to be via prison video-link on September 17.



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