Search on after botched pizza delivery driver kidnapping
A PIZZA delivery driver is alleged to have been kidnapped and held captive in his car boot during a botched robbery.
Limited details emerged in an Ipswich court when police opposed the bail application of one of the accused, a teenage high school student.
The search continues to locate other offenders who police believe were involved in the disturbing late night Goodna incident.
Ayii Mabior Arok Amou, 18, from Goodna, appeared in custody before Ipswich Magistrates Court on Monday charged with six offences - robbery in company at Goodna on Thursday, December 5, 2019; deprivation of liberty; two counts of assault causing bodily harm; entering premises and committing an offence; and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
Lawyer Daniel Boddice made the formal bail application for Amou which was opposed by prosecutor Sergeant Brad Dick, saying the allegations were serious and the offence had been drawn out.
Sgt Dick said Amou was found close to where the offences took place and his phone account was allegedly linked to the number used to call the Pizza Hut business that night with an order for 'Jonny'.
Police also found the account of interest features a photo of Amou and police located a SIM card at his home relevant to the investigation.
The number was used to arrange a pizza delivery at 11pm to a Goodna address in Lightbody Street.
A item stolen that night is alleged to have been found in Amou's bedroom cupboard.
Sgt Dick said the victim alleged he was driven around in the boot of his own car and threats were made to kill him before he escaped.
He had also been hit in the head with something hard that caused a bump.
Mr Boddice said the charges being alleged were very serious and if proven could result in jail. Amou intends to contest the charges.
It would appear numerous people are alleged to have been involved who are yet to be spoken to, the court heard.
Mr Boddice said Amou turned only 18 around five months earlier and attends Year 12 and would live with his mother if granted bail.
He said Amou was a Sudanese immigrant who moved here in 2017 - his family fleeing from northern Sudan as a result of the civil war. His father had been killed.
Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said there was no suggestion of weapons being used in the police facts before her, and in his favour was his youth with no prior criminal history.
She said the charges were serious - with an allegation that his phone had been used to call the Pizza Hut to get the driver there.
Sgt Dick said it would appear police had not yet identified other alleged offenders.
Ms Sturgess granted Amou bail with strict conditions that includes a 24 hour curfew to live with his mother and not be absent from her home except to attend school.
His matters were adjourned to February 26.