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17-Year-Old In Court Over Gold Coast Nurse Attack

A teenager charged with the abduction of a nurse on the Gold Coast last week has been denied bail.

Harry Phillips-Bell, 17, has been charged with six offences including torture, deprivation of liberty and two counts of robbery.

He faced Southport Magistrates Court on Monday, where he was denied bail.

Police allege Phillips-Bell was part of a group of four youths who attacked 25-year-old Joe Brooker as he walked to his car at Pindara Private Hospital in the early hours of December 1.

Mr Brooker was bundled into the boot by the group, allegedly armed with knives and a handgun, before being driven to an ATM where they forced him to withdraw cash.

He was then put back into the boot before his attackers rolled the car down a hill and into a fence at a house in nearby Ashmore.

Phillips-Bells' lawyer Campbell MacCallum told the court his client's involvement in the seemingly random attack was minimal.

Mr MacCallum said his client was picked up by the other offenders and dropped off near his home before the crashing of the stolen car.

"He accepted in his interview he was present during some of the offences but he denies brandishing any handguns or knives," Mr MacCallum told the court.

Mr Brooker was taken to Gold Coast University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries after neighbours rescued him from the boot.

He was discharged later in the day.

It's alleged the offenders then went on to steal a second car that rolled on Ashmore Road about 4.45am.

Two 18-year-old men were arrested on Saturday following the execution of search warrants but no charges have been laid, while a 16-year-old located near the scene of the second crash remains in hospital.


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