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  • Robertsons' father behind bars
  • By Christine Kellett
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • 18/05/2007 Make a Comment
  • Contributed by: admin ( 59 articles in 2007 )
The Robertson children have been found.
A man accused of kidnapping his three children will undergo a mental health assessment after facing a Brisbane court charged with their abduction this morning.

Murray Spencer Robertson, 59, did not apply for bail during a brief hearing in Brisbane Magistrates Court, where he faced three charges of child stealing and breaching a domestic violence order.

The charges stem from the alleged abduction of three children - Bokkie, 10, Matilda, 9 and Barney Robertson, 7 - who were reported missing by their mother, Philippa Yelland about 8am yesterday.

They were found safe and well about four hours later at a shopping centre in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast after being spotted by members of the public.

Police launched a nationwide hunt for the same children last month, when they disappeared from the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, during a weekend access visit with their father.

They were located six weeks later with their father in a house in Launceston, Tasmania.

Australian Federal Police were involved in yesterday's search.

Queensland police initially denied Robertson was a suspect, but he was arrested and taken into custody late yesterday.

In court this morning, a dishevelled and tired-looking Robertson did not apply for bail and was ordered to undergo an assessment at a mental health clinic in Logan.

Magistrate Elizabeth Hall adjourned the matter for a committal mention on June 25.

The court heard Robertson, who has an outstanding warrant with the Family Court, must also appear before the Family Court on May 25.

In court this morning, Uniting Church Minister Reverend David Millikan sat through the proceedings. It is understood Reverend Millikan has provided support to Ms Yelland.

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