Mum sobs as son faces court

THE mother allegedly held hostage by her 18-year-old son for five hours along with her daughter in Redbank Plains on Monday morning sobbed as her son appeared in Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday.

Nicholas Alexander Brown appeared in the docks bare-footed, wearing the same black t-shirt and shorts he had on as he was dragged from the house by Queensland Police officers the previous day.

He did not apply for bail during his brief appearance.

On Monday evening Brown was charged by Goodna detectives with deprivation of liberty, assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, extortion and threatening violence following a siege in Kanangra St.

All charges were adjourned until Brown's next court appearance on May 16.

His family and friends sat in the gallery as his charges were read to Magistrate Donna McCallum.

His mother was comforted by family members, and Brown called out to his friends as he was led back into police custody following the hearing, telling them he was alright.

Monday's events on the suburban street began at 7.30am.

Police were called to the address with reports Brown was threatening to harm his mother and sister with a knife.

His sister was released from the house at 9am unharmed.

Almost four hours later the Queensland Police Special Emergency Response Team retrieved the mother from the house.

At the same time the team arrested Brown, dragging him to the police car positioned in front of the home, and he was taken to Springfield police station.



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