Bail re­lease af­ter al­leged order breach

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A MACKAY man who breached do­mes­tic vi­o­lence or­ders eight times in just a year has been re­leased from cus­tody on bail af­ter al­legedly breach­ing an­other order.

Pros­e­cu­tor Sheena Hayes, di­rected to op­pose bail, fought hard in Mackay Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day to keep the 29-year-old be­hind bars.

How­ever, Mag­is­trate Scott Lux­ton de­scribed the fresh ac­cu­sa­tion of con­tra­ven­ing a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence order (an ag­gra­vated charge) as a rel­a­tively “low-level” of­fence, and granted him an­other chance.

The breach al­legedly in­volved the man hang­ing around a woman with whom he was or­dered to have ab­so­lutely no con­tact.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Vic­to­ria Meechan, act­ing as duty lawyer, said the man had in­structed her that the woman had en­tered his home be­cause she was home­less and needed a place to stay.

Ms Meechan said the man could not read or write, and it was sug­gested he may not have fully un­der­stood his order.

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