TRIAL: An 18-year-old man did not enter a plea yesterday over the alleged bashing of a Gladstone taxi driver.
TRIAL: An 18-year-old man did not enter a plea yesterday over the alleged bashing of a Gladstone taxi driver. Matt Taylor

18yo to stand trial for cab driver bashing, $10K transfer

A TEENAGER has been refused bail and committed to stand trial in Gladstone's District Court over the alleged bashing of a taxi driver and the attempted theft of more than $10,000 from his bank account.

The 18-year-old appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court via video link from Capricornia Correctional Centre yesterday.

He wore an olive-green prisoner's jumper and at times held his head in his hands as Sergeant Barry Stevens read out the allegations against him.

The court was told that shortly after 3am on January 20, the man and two co-accused - an 18-year-old and a 17-year-old - called a taxi driver to a house at Barney Point.

Police allege that the man, who knew the taxi driver, asked to borrow his phone as they waited to leave the house.

One of the co-accused then left saying he was going to the bathroom, according to police, and the phone was not returned to the driver until the teenager came back.

When the driver checked his phone, Sgt Stevens said he discovered amounts of $800 and $10,000 had been transferred to an unfamiliar bank account.

He challenged the teenagers over the transfers before he was "set upon by all three", Sgt Stevens told the court.

The teenagers allegedly repeatedly punched the man in the face and torso and bashed him with a brick, before stealing his phone and a gold chain.

When the driver managed to escape the house and get to his car, police said the teens continued to attack the car, damaging it.

He was left with a fractured jaw.

The three teenagers were later found by the dog squad at a nearby house.

Acting magistrate Neil Lavaring noted the man had spent 125 days in custody and it could be months until he faced trial.

But he refused bail on the basis the man posed an unacceptable risk of re-offending.

He did not enter a plea before the committal.

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