Trio allegedly rob Brisbane McDonald’s, Hungry Jacks as they face court

Teenage girl, 18, charged among three in ‘terrifying’ string of alleged fast food robberies as they are accused of robbing two Hungry Jacks and a McDonald’s

  • The 18-year-old Queensland woman has been denied bail
  • She was part of a series of alleged fast food robberies
  • Two co-defendants are also due to appear in court

A Queensland woman accused of taking part in a series of armed robberies that ‘terrified’ fast food workers has been denied bail.

Denika Dianne Appleton, 18, from Ellen Grove, was arrested for the alleged robbery of four outlets on the south side of Ipswich and Brisbane on January 15 and 16, during which staff were threatened with knives and a firearm.

Ms Appleton along with two male co-defendants allegedly demanded money and valuables from both staff and customers before fleeing outlets, including at least two Hungry Jack’s stores, in stolen vehicles.

Police executed simultaneous search warrants at Ellen Grove and Inala in southwest Brisbane, taking Ms Appleton and her two co-defendants into custody early Sunday morning.

Denika Dianne Appleton, 18, from Ellen Grove, was arrested for the alleged robbery of four outlets on the south side of Ipswich and Brisbane on January 15 and 16 (footage of one of the alleged robberies pictured)

A series of alleged armed robberies in Ipswich and Brisbane's south side in January 'terrified' fast food workers

A series of alleged armed robberies in Ipswich and Brisbane’s south side in January ‘terrified’ fast food workers

Ms Appleton faced the Brisbane Arrest Court by video on Monday, charged with 10 counts of armed robbery, 22 counts of deprivation of liberty, three counts of intentionally entering premises and two counts of unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

The co-defendant, a 29-year-old man from Mansfield and a 21-year-old Ellen Grove man, also had to appear in court on Monday.

The police prosecutor objected to Ms Appleton being granted bail, saying she would have to show cause for release given the seriousness of the allegations.

The prosecution said Ms Appleton was charged with entering a Hungry Jack’s store in Springfield in east Ipswich at 9:30pm on 15 January while her two co-defendants were carrying a knife and a black gun.

“She was an active participant, she was armed with a large brown knife,” the prosecutor said.

Officers allegedly found items identified in CCTV footage of the robberies at the address where Ms Appleton was arrested, including a Spider-Man mask, blue walkie-talkies, a gold Holden Commodore and another allegedly stolen vehicle, the prosecutor said.

“The show cause for bail has not been made. These were robberies that scared the hell out of a number of young workers,” the prosecutor said.

Magistrate Julian Noud said it was 'alleged that (the three co-defendants) forced members of staff to their knees on the floor' during the alleged robberies

Magistrate Julian Noud said it was “alleged that (the three co-defendants) forced members of staff to their knees on the ground” during the alleged robberies

Ms Appleton’s lawyer said her client had no criminal record as an adult or minor.

“She had a job but recently had to give it up because of travel issues. She was going to work for the government in a call center and was expecting a call today,’ the lawyer said.

“She is willing to report as regularly as necessary for bail.”

Magistrate Julian Noud said Ms Appleton’s clean criminal record worked heavily in her favour, but she also faced heavy prosecution for ‘very serious’ alleged crimes.

“It is alleged that (the three co-defendants) forced employees to the floor and that the male attacker with the firearm forced two customers to jump over the counter and also get on their knees,” he said.

It is alleged that all of the victims were forced to place belongings and phones on the couch and that eventually all of the attackers left the store and entered a stolen Ford company.

“There is an increased risk that (Ms. Appleton) will not appear on bail or commit any misdemeanor. Bail is denied.”

Ms Appleton’s case was adjourned until February 27.

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