Emotion flows as remand hopes dashed
IT was an emotional scene in Gympie Magistrates Court yesterday as friends, many in tears, watched a young Gympie man held in custody by Gympie police decline an application for bail and asked in vain to hug his girlfriend.
The public gallery overflowed with friends of Tarquin Vincent Grott for his first court appearance over charges of stealing, entering premises and committing indictable offences and stalking.
Friends could be heard crying in the gallery and one pledged to send money to support Grott while he was in custody, before Grott was taken back to Gympie Watch House.
The prisoner was removed from the court room by police after becoming emotional while motioning to friends in the gallery as he waited for his mention.
The 18-year-old Gympie man faced five charges yesterday including breaking into Albert Bowls Club and stealing liquor, bags of bowls and soft drinks on April 29, entering and stealing from the Mary Valley Heritage Museum on April 30, stealing from St Vincent de Paul on April 21 and unlawfully stalking on April 28.
Among the alleged offences, the court heard Grott and a co-offender had broken into the Albert Bowls Club before stealing property from the premises.
Grott was also accused of stealing outdoor chairs from St Vincent de Paul in Gympie.
Prosecution's objection to bail resulted in Grott making no attempt to apply.
Grott will return to Gympie Magistrates Court on May 27.