Father refused bail after 13-hour siege

THE mentally-ill father at the centre of a marathon 13-hour siege on the Gold Coast will remain behind bars until his next court appearance after being refused bail this morning.

Police detained the 42-year-old man on the top floor of his multilevel Currumbin unit following a “full on struggle” around 8.30pm on Tuesday.

Heavily-armed SERT officers stormed through a third floor bedroom and found the man hiding in a wardrobe.


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It’s alleged he made death threats against three officers before he was handcuffed and escorted out by police and later taken away by ambulance.

Police say drugs are paraphernalia were also found in the unit.

The man’s 16-year-old son who was also barricaded inside the unit emerged unharmed and was placed in the care of his grandmother who believed her grandson was only wanting to protect his father, not being held hostage as initially reported.

Officers were first called to the scene around 7am by the man’s teenage son who was reportedly ‘scared’.

With a bruised face, the teen’s father appeared in the Southport Magistrates Court this morning, charged with three counts of serious assault police, possessing dangerous drugs and other drug offences.

He also faces a separate charge for allegedly stalking his former Burleigh boss in person and via Facebook after losing his job.

The magistrate refused his bail application, labeling his alleged actions as “irrational, erratic and particularly aggressive”.

Although being medicated for anxiety and depression, the Bulletin reports an overnight mental health assessment indicated no signs of an acute mental health condition requiring immediate treatment.

He is expected to return to court on July 4.

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