"YOU do the crime, you do the time".
With those words Jason Bowley, one of the region's former most wanted men spoke calmly to a Hervey Bay court via video link from prison yesterday as he apologised for the alleged events which had led to a nation-wide man hunt and his eventual arrest in NSW.
In stark comparison to the mug shot which circulated during the search for Bowley and a recent court appearance where he fronted the dock in torn clothes and hurled abuse at the magistrate, the 26-year- old appeared on screen sporting a fresh hair cut and reading glasses.
It was his first court appearance in Hervey Bay since he was arrested near Wollongong last week.
Bowley had been on bail for the alleged assault of a 64-year-old sex worker when warrants were issued for his arrest early last month for allegedly breaching his reporting conditions.
He was also sought for questioning over a series of violent offences involving weapons in the space of a few weeks and has since been charged with the robbery of another sex worker; an armed home invasion in Wonga St during which a gun was held to the victim's head and a shot fired into the air; and making threats.
While repeatedly warned not to speak without the advice of a lawyer, Bowley continued to express remorse yesterday which he could only put down to his "excessive use of steroids at the time". He will return to court tomorrow with legal representation.