A WARRNAMBOOL man facing theft charges allegedly threatened his co-accused after learning he had co-operated with police.
Michael Couzens, 44, of Timor Street, and co-accused Gerald Lofthouse, 39, of Giffen Street, appeared separately in Warrnambool Magistrates Court.
Police alleged that last Tuesday at 4.30pm Mr Lofthouse and Mr Couzens were at the Warrnambool train station where Mr Lofthouse stole an unattended guitar case and headed in the direction of the CBD.
When he opened the case he found an iPad, mobile phone and guitar.
Police allege that soon after, Mr Couzens stole a mountain bike from the front of the IGA supermarket, which was later returned.
Mr Lofthouse’s defence counsel Amanda Chambers said her client intended to plead guilty and his hearing was adjourned to October 1.
His bail conditions include that he report daily to Warrnambool police.
The court heard when Mr Couzens was bailed last Tuesday police accidentally gave him some of the belongings of Mr Lofthouse, including his wallet and keys.
Police allege that during his arrest he became aware of Mr Lofthouse’s co-operation, became angry and threatened him.
It’s alleged he said Mr Lofthouse better be kept in custody, otherwise he would be torn apart.
When police contacted Mr Couzens about Mr Lofthouse’s belongings, Mr Couzens denied knowledge of them and then said he’d thrown them in a bin.
When police arrived and asked Mr Couzens where the money was from the wallet, Mr Couzens said Mr Lofthouse was a dog.
Mr Lofthouse’s defence counsel Matt Senia said his client denied the offending and said he was quite upset that Mr Lofthouse implicated him in the thefts when he had nothing to do with it.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt said Mr Couzens’ version of events about the wallet and keys was unbelievable.
He bailed Mr Couzens to appear at Warrnambool Magistrates Court on October 15 on the condition of a $500 surety, that he report three times a week to police and not contact any witnesses.