Knife rampage wreaks terror

Police drive Armin Rolf Hart away from Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.
Police drive Armin Rolf Hart away from Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday. Darryn Smith

A MAN allegedly threatened pub patrons and backpackers at knifepoint and broke into two homes during a four-hour crime rampage from Bargara to Woodgate Beach late Sunday night.

Armin Rolf Hart, 30, of Hummock Road, the Hummock, appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court charged with 19 offences including deprivation of liberty, common assault and armed robbery.

Hart was charged after he allegedly took a knife, chased a man to his home, broke into another house, held up three female backpackers and brandished the blade at Bargara pub patrons — injuring one of them — before police arrested him on Goodwood Road.

The defendant appeared in handcuffs and a prison-issue tracksuit, sitting in the prisoner’s dock and staring straight ahead for much of the brief court hearing.

His duty lawyer, Nick Larter, did not apply for bail and Hart was sent back to prison.

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Scott Wiggins said about 8pm on Sunday night, police received a Triple-0 call after the 30-year-old allegedly brandished a knife and chased a man to an address at the Hummock.

Hart is then alleged to have smashed his way through a door into the house before leaving the address.

Hart fled the Hummock in his own vehicle after he allegedly assaulted another motorist.

Police received another Triple-0 call from Elliott Heads after three female backpackers were allegedly held up at knifepoint and robbed of their mobile telephones and cash.

Det Sgt Wiggins said Hart made his way to the Bargara Beach Hotel and threatened patrons at the pub, before causing a man minor injuries with the knife.

It is alleged he then drove to Woodgate Beach, entered a house and brandished the blade at the occupants.

Police arrested Hart as he drove down Goodwood Road just before midnight.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts adjourned the case until May 10.

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