He 'pulled rifle on schoolgirl'

Two men armed with rifles during the Oaks robbery.
Two men armed with rifles during the Oaks robbery. Contributed

A MAN accused of pulling a rifle on a schoolgirl while robbing a service station between Rockhampton and Yeppoon has been refused bail.

Derek Michael Borleis, 29, of Tewantin, on the Sunshine Coast, is also accused of dangerous driving and evading police during a chase on the Sunshine Coast earlier this month.

Police prosecutor Tanya Fitz Gerald told Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday that Borleis had significant criminal and traffic history in Queensland and New South Wales, including a recent conviction for escaping lawful custody.

She said the seven pages of criminal history were riddled with charges of breaching bail and failing to appear in court.

Sergeant Fitz Gerald said the prosecution considered Borleis a significant risk of reoffending and failing to appear.

Co-accused Bradley Thomas Kuhl, who faced the Rockhampton Magistrates Court in November over the incident, had refused to tell police his accomplice's identity.

Police told that court Kuhl went home and got high on cannabis while watching a movie after committing the robbery at Oaks service station on October 22 last year.

The court heard the pair allegedly fled in a Volvo which Kuhl told police he had earlier found with keys in it.

Solicitor David Kolbe told the Maroochydore court that no CCTV footage had been viewed yet but his client was planning to contest the robbery and stolen car charges.

"They are to be contested on the basis of identification," he said.

Mr Kolbe said Borleis could live with his mother in Tewantin or his partner in Caloundra West and was prepared to abide by a curfew.

But magistrate John Parker refused bail.

He said police alleged the pair entered the service station with firearms, wearing balaclavas and dark clothing, and left in a stolen car.

Mr Parker said Borleis' history, which began in 1999 in children's court, was extensive and demonstrated an unacceptable risk of reoffending and failing to appear.

The case was adjourned until February 22.

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