A man accused of pointing a knife at his mother during an armed robbery has pleaded to be released from custody in order to visit her in hospital.
Mario Scott, 24, of Barkly Street, Portland, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court charged with armed robbery, trafficking ecstasy and possessing the proceeds of crime. He unsuccessfully applied for bail after failing to show compelling reasons.
Lawyer Julia Ray said Mr Scott feared an unsuccessful bail application would mean he would never again see his mother, who was later admitted to hospital following the incident.
She said the victim was recently flown to a Melbourne hospital.
But Magistrate Timothy Walsh said the accused had “no worry waving a knife at his mother” before stealing cash from her workplace.
Police alleged the man, armed with a 30cm long knife and wearing a balaclava and sunglasses, entered the Portland RSL on August 26 as two female staff members were preparing to close up.
Detective Senior Constable Jarrod Anderson, of the Portland Crime Investigation Unit, told the court the accused pointed the knife at the victims before heading towards a safe. The accused removed $1194 in cash and stuffed it down his pants before leaving the premises.
Detective Senior Constable Anderson said Mr Scott was arrested on Friday and that a search warrant executed at his house located the balaclava, as well as 400 ecstasy tablets and $1200 in cash. Mr Scott told police that the drugs were for personal use.
Ms Ray said Mr Scott suffered from a thyroid disease and that alcohol and a failure to take his medication on the day of the offending meant that he was experiencing irrational thoughts.