The man accused of the Robina Town Centre
shooting in 2012 feared for his life after his victim came at
him with a knife.
Mark James Graham, 27,
has applied for bail at Southport Magistrates Court after being
committed to stand trial on Wednesday for his actions in the
shooting at the Gold Coast shopping centre.
Magistrate John Costanzo has deferred his
decision on the bail application until Thursday as he seeks
further submissions on the case.
Graham, who visiting Queensland for his
daughter’s birthday, has been charged with attempted murder and
unlawful wounding after Jacques Teamo was shot in the left arm.
The Melbourne-based Finks motorcycle gang
member is also charged with the unlawful wounding of a female
Bandidos member Teamo has already been
convicted and fined after admitting he pulled out a knife during
the altercation between the two bikie gang members.
At Wednesday’s hearing, Graham’s barrister
David Edwardson said it was his client’s belief that his life
was in peril which had resulted in the shooting.
‘‘Things are different to the way they were
initially perceived by the media and presented by the police,’’
Mr Edwardson told the court.
‘‘There’s no doubt a confrontation between two
people, both armed, is a serious matter, particularly in a
‘‘It’s clear now on the totality of evidence,
including video footage and still photography, that the question
of self-defence is fairly and squarely raised in the defence
Rejecting Graham’s self-defence claims, police
prosecutor Peta Eyschen formally opposed bail, saying the
offences were of a serious nature.‘‘Unfortunately an innocent
victim was hurt in this incident,’’ Ms Eyschen told the court.
‘‘The strength of evidence in this case is an
Witnesses to the shooting confirmed to the
court Teamo had been holding a knife before the shooting
occurred and both men had been engaged in a loud verbal
One witness told police in a statement Teamo
had ‘‘smiled and laughed’’ after he was shot, the court heard.
Detective Senior Constable Brandon James told
the court Teamo had ‘‘minimally’’ assisted police with their
investigations and had refused to provide a statement on the
The date of Graham’s trial will be notified by
the state director of public prosecutions.