No bail for 'carjacker'

A MAN accused of carjacking a person at knifepoint in Goodna last week has been refused bail.

Chow-moy Topeto, 23, has been charged with one count each of armed robbery, going armed so as to cause fear, unlawful use of a motor vehicle, possession of a dangerous drug, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, disqualified driving and wilful exposure after he allegedly threatened a 53-year-old man with a knife before stealing his car on Hayes St, Goodna last Wednesday.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Dick said Topeto posed an unacceptable risk of committing further offices and had a history of failing to appear.

"It was a series of serious offences committed over a number of hours on a number of people," Snr Const Dick said. "He wilfully exposed himself to and propositioned a young mother.

"The facts of the armed robbery were the victim's car was parked at Camira and the defendant entered the rear tray under the cover and emerged holding a silver metal Stanley knife belonging to the victim. He jumped out and waved the knife in a slashing motion and said he had a gun and wanted the car."

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the evidence against Topeto was "strong" and a photo board had been used to identify Topeto as the driver in the dangerous operation charge.

Defence lawyer Matthew Fairclough argued his client would be released into the care of his parents, who were in the court yesterday.

Mr Fairclough said the parents' rules were "strict" and they would help him comply with the conditions of bail.

Magistrate Donna MacCallum said Topeto failed to show he wouldn't be a risk. The case will next be heard at a committal mention on November 9 at 2pm.



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