Police attended a Park Avenue house on Monday.
Police attended a Park Avenue house on Monday.

Woman had ‘eye gouged, choked’ in alleged robbery

A MAN accused of violently robbing a Rockhampton woman at her Park Avenue residence on Monday has been granted bail.

Alexander O'Malley King, 44, appeared in custody in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Wednesday and was not required to enter a plea.

He is charged with robbery with actual violence and possessing drug utensils.

The charges stem from an incident in Lauga Street.

While the prosecution did not reveal in court any details about what allegedly took place, King's solicitor Rowan King did.

"The background relates to some stolen dogs," Mr King said.

"He (accused) believed the (alleged) victim had his dogs and that's the basis in which he went to the property.

"The allegation is that the defendant has done two acts of assault.

"Firstly, pushing the thumb between the victim's nose and eye, causing pain and discomfort, followed by an episode of choking...whilst trying to take the car keys off her.

"Whilst it appears to be a strong case, what is concerning about the (police) objection to bail is that there is no evidence in the material about injuries.

"Normally with these types of matters, the police would have no hesitation of putting to Your Honour, that the (alleged victim) had an injury consistent with having eyes gouged and (being) choked.

"That's absent from the police's material."

In their objection, police raised concerns that King was an unacceptable risk of committing further offences.

Police said they were also worried about threatening text messages King allegedly sent the victim, as well as his continuing drug use.

Rowan King said his client had previously been on bail for a separate matter between 2017 and this year.

"The objective evidence shows that he spent two years on bail without breach," Mr King said.

Mr King said his client lived at Bouldercombe, some 30km from the victim's residence.

"Geographically they are separated," he said.

"He (accused) has got significant mental health concerns, which is evidenced by the forensic order.

"There's nothing in the material that he's non-compliant, apart from the fact that they found a bong.

"So it does show drug use, cannabis use, but other than that he instructs he's complying.

"The mental health liaison has prepared a report - there's nothing in that report that suggests that he's not co-operating with his mental health treatment."

Among the conditions of bail, Acting Magistrate Maryanne May directed King have no contact, direct or indirect, with the alleged victim.

He must also not come within 100m of her residence, has to report to police three times a week, and must comply with mental health appointments and treatment.

The matters were adjourned to February 5.


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