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Bail for alleged gunman accused of hijacking news van

A MAN who allegedly hijacked a news van at gunpoint before crashing it into a fuel tanker last year has been granted bail.

Noosa Heads man Jordy Brook, 45, has been charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, unlawful possession of a handgun and wilful damage after his rampage on November 6 last year. 

Today in the Brisbane Supreme Court, it was heard his actions could have been due to steroid induced psychosis.

Mr Brook had undergone serious colon surgery a few weeks before the incident and was prescribed prednisone to help with his post-surgery recovery.

Defence barrister Jann Taylor said two psychiatrists who had regularly treated Mr Brook since his arrest have put the incidents down to a severe reaction to the drug.

She said both psychiatrists have concluded he poses no risk of re-offending and the psychotic state he experienced as a result of the drug had passed.

Justice Jackson granted the application under normal release orders that include reporting to police; living at an approved address; and refraining from contacting witnesses. 


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