Finks bikie faces court

A FINKS bikie remains in custody after being arrested at an Outlaw Motorcycle Gang clubhouse on a series of robbery and assault charges that stem from alleged crimes at Tweed Heads, Coffs Harbour and Byron Bay.

The alleged victim in two of the matters is the same man.

Robert Kingsley Corowa, 27, from Banora Point, was refused bail by a Lismore Local Court magistrate yesterday despite his Gold Coast Potts Lawyers legal representative stating his client denied all charges.

Corowa, who appeared wearing a black T-shirt with 'Finks' emblazoned across its back, was heard to swear 'F..k' from the dock when Magistrate Jeff Linden refused the bail application.

Corowa, a construction worker, is charged with the following Coffs Harbour matters from August 2008: assault inflicting bodily harm in company on Raymond MacMaster; affray; remaining in a building at Sandy Beach with intent to commit an offence; stealing $280 from a house; and taking a 1999 model Toyota Landcruiser without consent.

He also faces unrelated charges from South Tweed Heads on November 28, 2008.

They are: robbery in comp- any with Danilo Jnr Fadera and demanding property - $1000 - by force in company with intent to steal from Corey Bok.

The Tweed Heads charges include the theft of two laptop computers.

A further charge at Byron Bay on June 16, 2006, relates to demanding property with menaces with intent to steal an Xbox 360 console from Corey Bok.

In his unsuccessful bail application, Corowa's lawyer said his client worked in construction around Northern NSW and on the Gold Coast and was the carer for his mother who suffered a severe form of arthritis.

He said Corowa's priors were for traffic and theft matters and he denied the allegations which would be 'contested vigorously,' and it would be onerous for his client to remain in custody until the matters were heard.

The Potts lawyer said his client had been aware of the charges and his behaviour by not attempting to flee the area was not the action of a man guilty of an offence.

Magistrate Linden said the alleged police facts before him 'indicated a history of stand-over tactics' where the well being of people was in jeopardy.

The Coffs Harbour offences were adjourned for mention at Coffs Harbour Local Court on June 1, with the Tweed and Byron offences adjourned for mention at Lismore Local Court on June 2.

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