Tweed Heads Police. Police file photos. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News
Tweed Heads Police. Police file photos. Photo: John Gass / Tweed Daily News John Gass

Car-jacking accused to reappear in the New Year

Update: Tuesday November 25, 3.08pm

THE man accused of assault and kidnapping after an alleged car-jacking in Tweed Heads faced Lismore Local Court for the third time on Tuesday. 

It's understood Rodney Peter Atkins, 40, of Kingston, Qld, was represented by a solicitor, and once again made no plea. 

Atkins was denied bail to reappear on January 7. 

 

Update: Monday November 24, 3.44pm

A QUEENSLAND man has been refused bail over an alleged car-jacking in Tweed Heads. 

On Thursday November 20, Rodney Peter Atkins, 40, from Kingston, Qld, allegedly climbed through the window of a Ford Falcon ute at traffic lights on the corner of Minjungbal Dr and Heffron St, Tweed Heads South. 

Atkins allegedly punched the 18-year-old male driver in the mouth, after demanding he drive to Sydney. 

Atkins then allegedly forced the man to drive to Coolangatta, where he was able to alert police. 

He faced Lismore Local Court on Saturday, and again on Monday, charged with aggravated assault with intent to take/drive motor vehicle and take/detain person with intent to obtain advantage.

Bail was refused on both occasions, and it's understood no plea had been made by Monday.

The matter was adjourned and Atkins is expected to reappear tomorrow. 

 

Initial report: Friday November 21, 4.25pm

A MAN was due to face court on Friday after an alleged car jacking in Tweed Heads South on Thursday.

Just after 12.30pm, a man, 40, allegedly climbed through the window of a Ford Falcon ute, which was stopped at traffic lights on the corner of Minjungbal Dr and Heffron St. 

Police were told the man demanded the 18-year-old male driver take him to Sydney, then punched him in the mouth. 

The 18-year-old drove the man to Coolangatta, at his request. 

When they reached Lanham St, Coolangatta, they drove past two Queensland Police officers. 

The driver was then able to leave the car and alert the police officers. 

The 40-year-old was arrested and taken to Southport Watch House, before being extradited to NSW and charged with aggravated assault with intent to steal a motor vehicle and aggravated kidnapping. 

He was denied bail and was due to appear in Byron Bay Local Court on Friday. 



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