Out­burst af­ter bail re­fused

The Queensland Times - - COURT NEWS -

IN a brief tem­per out­burst, Mitchell Harn­well yelled an ob­scen­ity from the dock of an Ip­swich court when the mag­is­trate told him he wouldn’t be get­ting bail.

Harn­well, who al­ready faces charges of un­law­ful use of mo­tor ve­hi­cles, is also ac­cused of driv­ing away from po­lice in a stolen car with two tyres de­flated by stingers while he was high on the drug GHB.

The pris­oner was clearly not happy at the out­come of his un­suc­cess­ful bail ap­pli­ca­tion, but did give a brief wave through the se­cu­rity glass to a friend seated in the back of the court­room.

Mitchell Thomas Harn­well, 23, from Red­bank Plains, ap­peared at Ip­swich Mag­is­trates Court charged with driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence at Colling­wood Park on Oc­to­ber 6; an eva­sion of­fence; driv­ing while his li­cence was SPER sus­pended; and un­law­ful use of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Con­sta­ble Emma Ross op­posed bail, cit­ing Harn­well’s crim­i­nal his­tory and con­vic­tions for drug of­fences.

Cnst Ross said Harn­well had a pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion for dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and was an un­ac­cept­able risk.

Mag­is­trate Donna MacCal­lum said Harn­well’s court file showed three pre­vi­ous charges of un­law­ful use of mo­tor ve­hi­cles.

Ms MacCal­lum said the Po­lair chop­per had been in­volved in the re­cent al­leged of­fences against Harn­well.

The car in­volved in the pur­suit had been tracked by po­lice from the air at 11.30pm on Oc­to­ber 6.

From po­lice facts be­fore the mag­is­trate, stingers had been de­ployed and de­flated two tyres but the driver con­tin­ued along the Ip­swich Mo­tor­way be­fore tak­ing the exit onto Colling­wood Drive, even­tu­ally stop­ping the car with its dam­aged wheels on Neu­mann Drive.

Po­lice will al­lege Harn­well had been driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence, had slurred speech, was at times in­co­her­ent, and ap­peared di­shev­elled.

“He was taken to hos­pi­tal for a blood test and at the time he ad­mits us­ing the dan­ger­ous drug GHB,” Ms MacCal­lum said.

Har­well’s mat­ters will be men­tioned again on Oc­to­ber 31.

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