'Opal bandit' fronts court
WHEN Carlo Kohl fronted the Hervey Bay Magistrates court yesterday police weren’t taking any chances.
Heavy security surrounded the 22-year-old who sparked a massive police hunt last year when his car was found to contain opals, allegedly stolen from Coober Pedy.
Two days later he allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint and stole his vehicle in River Heads.
At the time police combed roads and paddocks for five hours before calling off the search.
Almost nine months later Melbourne police found Kohl and he was extradited to Queensland.
Yesterday a police escort guarded the vehicle transporting Kohl from the Maryborough Correctional Centre where he has been in custody since his extradition in April.
Two officers, including one armed with a taser gun, guarded the entries to the court’s prisoner dock.
Kohl is facing 24 charges including armed robbery, deprivation of liberty and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
On June 23, Kohl allegedly held a replica hand gun to a man’s head before taking off in his delivery van.
During yesterday’s committal proceedings prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris handed up witness statements, a series of photos of the property found in Kohl’s vehicle and a copy of the South Australian replica pistol register.
The court heard Kohl had received “certain attention” at the Maryborough jail and would be transferred to Brisbane in the next two weeks.
He will face the Brisbane Magistrates Court on September 16 on 21 charges.
The three charges which stem from the alleged attack at River Heads have been handed up to the Hervey Bay District Court at a date to be set.