Former Curtis worker charged with armed robbery, drug crimes

BEAU Bartlett fell from living the good life with a $3500 per week job as a rigger on Curtis Island to being busted for drugs and wanted in NSW on armed robbery charges.

He is accused by NSW Police of robbing a man in Sydney, who he met on a lonely hearts site, and robbing and depriving a Gladstone woman of her liberty.

After four months in custody and sporting a trendy bushranger-style beard, Bartlett, 32, appeared in Gladstone Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to four drug offences and the theft of fuel.

He pleaded guilty to stealing $74 in fuel from a Beenleigh service station in January, possession of methylamphetamine at Kirkwood on March 27, having instructions on how to produce methylamphetamine (ice), failing to take reasonable care of a needle/syringe, and having property (clip seal bags) suspected of being intended for a drug offence.

Unfortunately he was hanging around with the wrong crowd and everything went spiralling down

Prosecutor Sgt Pepe Gangemi said Bartlett told police the needle was to inject peptides.

He has spent 130 days in custody on serious charges in the District Court.

Defence lawyer Jun Pepito said Bartlett worked on the island earning $3500 weekly until his drug use.

"Unfortunately he was hanging around with the wrong crowd and everything went spiralling down," Mr Pepito said.

Magistrate Jeffrey Clarke noted the impending charges Bartlett would stand trial on, saying he would impose a penalty on the drug charges that should not impact on them.

He fined Bartlett $950 and ordered he pay $74 compensation for the theft.

Bartlett will stand trial in Gladstone for entering a Telina house at night with intent when armed on February 28, robbing a Gladstone woman when armed with a knife, and depriving her of her liberty.



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