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Man held for Gladstone armed robbery complains about jail

A MAN remanded in custody after an alleged armed robbery in Gladstone in 2011 has told a court he couldn't cope with sleeping in a 30-man prison unit with 48 other inmates and a niggling spinal injury.

Dean Gillbanks has been in custody at the Capricornia Correctional Centre at Rockhampton for the past 15 months.

In that time, he said he had gained a total of 50kg.

He said the change, plus the crowded conditions at the centre, was aggravating a niggling spinal injury he had.

Gillbanks has been remanded in custody since the alleged armed robbery in Gladstone on December 28, 2011.

On Thursday he applied for bail in Rockhampton Supreme Court, presided over by Justice Duncan McMeekin.

He is charged with entering a dwelling by break in and armed robbery with actual violence.

Gillbanks, who has an eight-page criminal history, told the court that while he was in prison he had been forced to sleep in cramped living conditions because the prison was overcrowded.

He told Justice McMeekin that he planned to fight the Crown Prosecution's case against him saying "they have the wrong man".

Gillbanks attacked the prosecution's case, saying a witness to the robbery had incorrectly identified him from a photo board.

Police had asked the New South Wales woman to identify the offender she believed took part in the armed incident in Gladstone.

It was heard in court that the woman told police the man she believed was involved had tattoos on his arms and neck and was of a fatty build.

When Gillbanks was remanded in custody 15 months ago, he said he was about 106kg and "slimmer".

He told the court he also didn't have any tattoos on his neck.

Crown Prosecutor Susan Hedge said she hadn't known Gillbanks wanted to make strong accusations against the Crown's case and needed time to gather a brief of evidence of the offence.

Gillbanks' bail application was adjourned to Thursday, October 10.

Topics:  armed robber crime gladstone rockhampton supreme court



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