Extortion accused’s bid for freedom stalls

A MAN and woman accused of extortion have been kept in custody after their bid for freedom was halted in court.

The man, 39, and woman, 47, were arrested after police searched a Honeywood Ct home in Currimundi on Wednesday.

Police said the search related to the alleged theft of passports, a birth certificate, an iPad and a GoPro camera during a break-in to a vehicle parked at Katoa St in Buddina on July 9.

Officers allege attempts were subsequently made to extort money from the owners of the property.

Police allegedly recovered some stolen property during the search on Wednesday.

The man and woman, both from Currimundi, were charged with one count each of entering a premises to commit an indictable offence, one count each of fraud and two counts each of extortion.

Peter Thomas Shanks appeared in custody in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Duty lawyer Andrew Berneville-Claye began making an application for Shanks' bail, saying his client had minimal criminal history.

However, the application was adjourned after police indicated they wanted to make checks on a proposed bail address to ensure other people living there knew Shanks.

Shanks was walking from the court room when he said it was a family residence.

"It's not that they don't know me," Shanks said.

The application is set to continue on Friday.

Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist noted that Shanks' co-accused Anna Helen Hall had listed the same address in her bail application so he put her appearance off until Friday as well.

"This is a fairly serious offence, the extortion," Mr Stjernqvist said during Shanks' mention.

"Minimal history or not."

Shanks and Hall were remanded in custody.

Topics:  currimundi extortion fraud stealing

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