Former Woorabinda Mayor Roderick William Tobane is facing multiple charges.
Former Woorabinda Mayor Roderick William Tobane is facing multiple charges.

Ex-mayor of Woorabinda behind bars after all-in brawl

FORMER Woorabinda Mayor Roderick William Tobane sat in the dock of the Rockhampton Magistrates Court yesterday following an all-in family brawl outside the Woorabinda café on Monday.

Tobane, Mayor of the Woorabinda community from 2008 to 2011, faces five charges of assault occasioning bodily harm, two charges of assault, one charge of public nuisance and one charge of obstruct police from a feud between his family and another Woorabinda family that became physical.

Prosecutor Danita Clarke told the court Tobane, his spouse and their three children were involved in the altercation.

It's alleged Tobane was the "ring leader" of the brawl and allegedly punched various victims and encouraged his family members to assault other victims while the altercation was taking place.

It was heard in court that Tobane's spouse and mother-of-three, co-accused Rhonda Gwen Hill, "king-hit one of the victims before dragging them out of the café by their hair and then allegedly punched them in the face while being held by Tobane".

The court heard the victims were taken to the Woorabinda Hospital where Tobane and Hill allegedly stood outside the building yelling abuse to the victims and threatening to kill them.

Tobane and Hill's defence lawyer Peter Sorensen did not give the court a reason why the altercation broke out but did say "tempers were flared at the time".

Ms Clarke opposed Tobane's application for bail yesterday on the basis that "the family feud is an ongoing issue in the Woorabinda community and there is an unacceptable risk to the community he could interfere with witnesses and obstruct the course of justice".

Magistrate Michael O'Driscoll agreed with Ms Clarke and denied Tobane's application for bail but granted bail for Hill.

Woorabinda Police confirmed the altercation happened at 11.10am and they were continuing investigations into the matter.



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