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Accused Qld bus driver robber denied bail

AAP logoAAP 12/08/2016

A man accused of bashing and robbing a Brisbane bus driver has told a magistrate the 70-year-old was "hassling" him first.

Christopher Mevelle Cutting, 37, boarded the bus in Red Hill, on Brisbane's north side, on Friday afternoon and allegedly punched the driver six times before stealing from the cash drawer.

Cutting appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday on one charge of robbery, where his lawyer Nick Hanly said his client had made full admissions to police.

"He says that at the time he was panicked and was after money," Mr Hanly said.

Mr Cutting added from the dock: "He was panicking me - he was hassling me, the bus driver."

Police allege Cutting boarded the bus without paying before the driver challenged him.

"Come on, mate, I'm just going to Ashgrove," Cutting replied.

When challenged again, he allegedly bashed the driver and took his coin drawer.

The court heard Cutting lives in a Brisbane boarding house and his affairs are managed by the community-owned Richmond Fellowship.

His seven-page criminal history has more recently been made up of begging offences, however Magistrate Judith Daley noted it also included several stealing offences in 2011.

Cutting replied: "I wouldn't do that, your honour, that's not like me to do anything like that."

Police Prosecutor Sergeant Mark Gorton opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the robbery.

Magistrate Daley agreed and denied bail.

"At this point in time, I think he's an unacceptable risk because he continues to offend and his alleged offending has escalated," she said.

The matter was adjourned until August 29.

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