'Lonely hearts' pleads not guilty to robbery, drug charges

A MAN dubbed the "lonely hearts bandit" in NSW and accused by Queensland police of detaining a Gladstone woman and tying her up before robbing her, is to stand trial in the District Court.

Beau Robert Bartlett, 32, appeared via video link before Gladstone Magistrates Court today on a series of robbery and drug related charges.

Bartlett, who did not apply for bail before magistrate Penelope Hay agreed through his lawyer Jun Pepito to a hand up comittal on four of nine charges.

Bartlett is charged that on February 28 at Telina he entered a house at night with intent when armed; robbed a woman when armed with a knife; and deprived the same woman of her liberty.

He is also charged with breaking into a house on January 23 near Brisbane to steal.

When asked by Ms Hay if he had anything to say, Bartlett replied: "Yeh. On the charge of stealing down in Brisbane I'll probably plead guilty to that."

"I'm pleading not guilty on these. Yeh, not guilty (the Gladstone charges)."

Ms Hay then ordered Bartlett to stand trial before a jury at the District Court in Gladstone on a date to be set.

His other matters were adjourned to a date in late July.

"Thank you, have a lovely day," Bartlett said.

NSW police have accused Bartlett of being a suspect in a case in which a Sydney man was robbed at knife-point after the victim placed an online "lonely hearts" advertisement looking for love.
 



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