Axe accused threatened to 'chop man up into little bits'

ACCUSED extortionist and armed robber Mark Hawks had charges against him mentioned in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.

Hawks, 39, of Toowoomba, has been held in custody since his arrest in July on a number of matters and was not in court for the brief mention of his matters yesterday.

Police claim the 39-year-old father had threatened to "chop up" the complainant man with an axe at a Tara property during an alleged altercation earlier this year before making his victim sign over a Mack truck to him.

Hawks claims he never had an axe during the alleged altercation with the man.

He has not been required to enter any pleas to the 15 charges against him which include extortion, armed robbery with violence, assault occasioning bodily harm and possessing a dangerous drug.

At his initial bail application hearing following his arrest in July, the court heard the defendant and the complainant had known each for some 15 years and had been friends and workmates in the past.

However, the relationship between the pair had soured in December last year.

The court heard Hawks had been working for his brother cutting wood when they happened to come across the complainant man at the Tara property.

It was claimed by police that Hawks had approached the man about money owed to him and that he had allegedly tried to get the complainant to sign over ownership of the truck.

Refusing bail, Magistrate Damian Carroll had told Hawks, by the sworn police objection to bail which he had read, "You threatened to chop this man into little bits".

The court yesterday heard Hawks had recently changed his legal representation and now had a legal firm on the Gold Coast representing him.

A letter from that firm handed to the court yesterday asked for an adjournment of all charges to a later date.

Magistrate Graham Lee therefore remanded Hawks in custody and adjourned all matters for mention back in the same court next month.

Topics:  armed robbery extortion toowoomba toowoomba magistrates court

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