Man accused of trying to kill adult shop worker with cord

THE man accused of trying to kill a Warwick woman with an electrical cord has been ordered to stand trial in Toowoomba Supreme Court.

John Joseph Beltrame, 47, appeared in the Warwick Magistrates Court yesterday via video link from jail and has been in police custody since the alleged incident.

Beltrame allegedly entered a Warwick adult shop just after 6.30pm on August 31 last year and placed the cord around the staff member's neck.

The woman fought wildly and kicked open the front door of the shop while struggling with her attacker, who fled and was pursued by several passing males.

Police located Beltrame in a toilet cubicle in Queen's Park a short time later and took him into custody.

He is alleged to have been in possession of a knife at the time and to have visited the store in the days leading up to the alleged attack.

Police searched Beltrame's caravan that same weekend and have CCTV footage from inside the store.

The 41-year-old is an unemployed truck driver who had lived in Warwick for about five months and was planning to move to Brisbane.

The date Beltrame is due to appear in the Toowoomba Supreme Court for his trial is yet to be set down by the courts.

If found guilty of attempted murder, he faces a maximum penalty of life in jail.


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