Victim hides in bathroom from burglars in his house on NYE
A ROCKHAMPTON man spent part of his New Year's Eve hidden in a bathroom while an 18-year-old and his mate allegedly ransacked his house.
The man told police Kyle Jesse Ward and Ward's friend broke into his home and stole two watches, a mobile phone and a box of cufflinks.
The pair also allegedly stole the man's flatmate's Ford Festiva car.
Police found Ward and his mate running from the crashed car at 2am on December 31, after the alleged theft.
Ward was charged with receiving tainted property and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.
He was released on bail later that morning, on the condition he stay at home on a curfew.
But that night the man and his flatmate made an official complaint to police that Ward and his mate had broken into their home.
The man said he awoke to find Ward, who he said he knew by face and because he speaks with a lisp, crouching next to him trying to unplug an X-Box.
The man chased the alleged thief into the kitchen, where Ward's mate was. When they wouldn't leave, the man tried to hide in a bed-room.
But he said the pair pushed open the door and one of them punched him in the face. The man then sought refuge in the bathroom.
He said, while he was hiding in there, the pair threatened him.
They allegedly asked where his phone was and he told them, hoping they would take it and leave.
When they left, it was allegedly in the man's flatmate's car with the phone, watches and cufflinks.
Police went to question Ward at his home twice, but found he wasn't at home, which breached his bail conditions.
Police said, when they found him, he told officers he couldn't remember the past three days.
Ward was charged with entering a dwelling with intent at night, robbery in company, and breach of bail.
When Ward appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates' Court yesterday, the lawyer representing him, Danny Yarrow, said Ward admitted he had a drug problem.
Ward did not enter a plea to the three charges. Mr Yarrow applied for bail on his behalf.
Mr Yarrow said Ward was willing to stop taking drugs and be subject to random drug testing by police if he was granted bail.
Police prosecutor Constable Paige Barrow said Ward had already suffered a black eye in custody and Ward feared another assault if he remained there.
But she argued against bail, saying Ward was likely to commit more offences and he no longer had a fixed home address.
Ward was said to have told police he was being evicted from his Frenchville home, which he shares with the man who was allegedly his co-offender.
But Ward told Mr Yarrow he was not aware he was being evicted.
The hearing will continue on Monday.