Alleged Bandido remanded over ‘tomahawk’ robbery

TWO men, one of them believed to be a Bandido bikie, have been remanded in custody on charges of robbery while armed with a tomahawk.

Kenneth James Whittaker, 39, of Morayfield, and Robert Charles Darmanin, 28, of West End, are alleged to have been disturbed while attempting to steal a car from the Duporth Tavern carpark around 3am Sunday.

A disturbance occurred, where the tomahawk was allegedly produced but not used.

The Maroochydore Magistrates Court heard that Whittaker was on bail for previous alleged offences.

He was described as being a "16-3a" case, which refers to the section of new anti-criminal gang legislation that requires participants in criminal organisations to show cause why their custody is not justified.

Whittaker will next appear on November 25.

Darmanin was also on bail for previous alleged offences in NSW, including assault, house breaking, wilful damage and drug offences.

"There was a particular high level of criminality in this offending," Police Prosecutor Sgt Dave Bradley said, in opposing bail.

"Particularly as he is here now, we know he is moving between states. (It's) a serious offence ... the risk is unacceptable."

Magistrate Barry Barrett agreed and denied bail to Darmanin, who will next appear in court on December 9.


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