Tracey Joynson

Alleged attempted armed robber refused bail in court

THE man accused of attempting to rob Night Owl convenience store in Torquay will remain behind bars after his bail was refused in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Jason Shaun Lewis, 25, was arrested at the Hervey Bay Transit Centre about 4am on Tuesday.

He appeared in court on Thursday wearing a T-shirt reading "Jesus loves you", after spending the previous two days in custody.

Solicitor John Willett applied for bail for Lewis.

Lewis "denied all charges, absolutely," Mr Willett said.

Mr Willett said Lewis was arrested after the victim of the alleged offence in Hervey Bay identified two possible matches in a photo board.

One of these possible matches was Lewis, the court heard, and Mr Willett said this was insufficient.

"Close enough is not good enough," Mr Willett said.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell noted there was other evidence, including CCTV footage and clothing.

"If there's strong evidence against a person accused of using a knife in an attempted armed robbery, the community needs to be protected," Mr Tatnell said.

Mr Tatnell denied bail, and adjourned the case until July 18.



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