CCTV footage shows the moments of an armed robbery.
CCTV footage shows the moments of an armed robbery. QUEENSLAND POLICE

Victims tell their story of horror night

THE VICTIMS of a vicious Gladstone armed robbery have spoken for the first time, revealing how they're struggling to sleep and were even afraid to leave their homes.

The two young women, Kate and Paige, who don't want their surnames revealed or their photographs taken, were working at the Central Lane Hotel on May 2 when two offenders raided it. It is alleged the two bar managers were kneed in the heads as the offenders took off with $12,000 cash.

The pair yesterday decided to share their harrowing experience in an attempt to help locate a second offender, who remains at large.

Fronting the media at Gladstone police station, the girls courageously and matter-of-factly recounted their story. It started when Kate heard Paige yell while she was out the back finishing up the day's work.

"I just thought she [Paige] didn't have her keys on her to get in, so I went to let her in and walked around the corner and saw her and a guy with a hoodie on,'' she said.

Her version of what happened next and how they were treated can't be reported as one of the alleged offenders is before the courts.

But both say the situation, which police allege involved an axe being pulled on them, didn't feel real.

CCTV footage is likely to be key in the prosecution case.

The alleged blows to the head left Kate with bruising and concussion while Paige suffered bruising and headaches.

"I was still scared they were out there. I pretty much didn't want to leave the house until they were caught."

One man, Ashley James Akuhata Martin, 27, has been charged with the armed robbery and will front court on July 11 but a second offender remains on the run.

Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said police have had a number of leads but were so far unable to charge anyone.

"We really ask for public assistance. Obviously there was in excess of $12,000 stolen from this business and we ask anyone that sees anyone splashing cash around, to contact us immediately," he said. "Anyone who has committed an armed robbery, needless to say, whether you're the person who delivers the blow or the person who steals the cash, you're as responsible as the other person."

Kate and Paige thanked the community for support and pleaded with people who had information to come forward.

Their first night back at work was last night.



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