Bail release after alleged order breach
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.