Man accused of threatening police with knife denied bail

SPENDING nearly five months in custody was not enough to convince a Toowoomba magistrate a man accused of threatening police with a knife should be released on bail.

Cameron Bryce Pender, 20, appeared via prison video link in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday to plead not guilty to two counts of serious assault of police, threatening violence with a weapon and committing a public nuisance.

His defence barrister Carl Martinovick applied his client's bail.

It was the third bail application since the Oakey man was arrested on August 24, last year.

Police objected to Pender's release, with prosecutor Sergeant Mike Robinson saying the defendant was already on bail for a previous charge of grievous bodily harm when last year's incident occurred.

Sgt Robinson said Pender was accused of holding a large kitchen knife with a 15cm blade above his head during a confrontation with police.

He said keeping Pender in custody could be for his own protection.

"If he charges police armed with a knife he may well end up being shot," Sgt Robinson said.

Mr Martinovick said Pender's time on remand was approaching that of a sentence that could be imposed if his client was found guilty of the charges.

He said his client had not raised a knife over his head. He also questioned whether or not police had confused him with someone else at the scene of the incident.

He said there was no indication the officer involved in the incident suffered an injury.

Magistrate Roger Stark noted Pender had a criminal history which included jail time for incidents involving violence.

Mr Stark denied Pender bail, adjourning the public nuisance charge until May 20.

The three more serious matters were committed for trial in the District Court.

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