Bar­rage of abuse in court

Tod­dler ab­duc­tion case: se­cu­rity tight­ened for 45-year-old’s sec­ond ap­pear­ance

Isis Town and Country - - NEWS - By VANESSA MARSH

ABUSE was hurled at the man ac­cused of ab­duct­ing a Childers tod­dler as he made his sec­ond ap­pear­ance in court over the in­ci­dent.

Eden James Kane, 45, ap­peared in Bund­aberg Mag­is­trates Court on Thurs­day af­ter the mat­ter had been ad­journed to clar­ify whether or not he had been of­fered le­gal rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

Kane gave a thumbs-up and nod­ded to a woman be­lieved to be his mother as he en­tered the court­room, but he faced a great deal of hos­til­ity from sup­port­ers of the al­leged vic­tim’s fam­ily.

Dur­ing the hear­ing, for which se­cu­rity had been no­tice­ably bol­stered, bar­ris­ter Nick Larter re­jected Kane’s ear­lier claims there had been no duty lawyer avail­able.

“I tele­phoned the watch house (Wed­nes­day) morn­ing to see if Mr Kane re­quired rep­re­sen­ta­tion and I was told that he did not and would be rep­re­sented (by an­other party),” he said.

Mr Larter said state­ments that may have been made by Kane to po­lice or at his court hear­ing on Wed­nes­day could be the sub­ject of Sec­tion 130 of the Ev­i­dence Act, when the mat­ter reached a higher court.

This part of the Act in­volves the ex­clu­sion of ad­mis­si­ble prose­cu­tion ev­i­dence that may be seen as prej­u­di­cial.

When asked if an ap­pli­ca­tion about the case could be made in closed court, Mag­is­trate Deb Vasta said she would pre­fer not to.

“I think to close the court would just fuel spec­u­la­tion about this mat­ter,” Mrs Vasta said.

Mr Larter said Kane would not be ap­ply­ing for bail at this stage and the mat­ter was ad­journed to June 12.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Se­nior Con­sta­ble Donna Sper­ling said the mat­ter would take some time to pre­pare.

“We’d ask for at least eight weeks as it’s go­ing to be quite an ex­ten­sive brief,” Snr Const Sper­ling said.

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