Death driver’s bail trip to Bali

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHRISTIE AN­DER­SON christie. an­der­son@ news. com. au

A MAN who was al­legedly on drugs when he crashed his car, killing his 29- year- old girl­friend, has had his bail con­di­tions re­laxed so he can travel to Bali.

Mitchell Pa­trick Moore, 47, was driv­ing a four- wheel- drive ve­hi­cle on Her­veys Range Rd on Septem­ber 8, 2014, when he crashed into a traf­fic sign, killing his girl­friend.

His so­lic­i­tor Ross Mal­com­son ap­peared on his be­half in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court yesterday.

He ap­plied to have Moore’s bail con­di­tions tem­po­rar­ily var­ied to al­low him to travel to Bali from July 12- 21.

“He is seek­ing to travel to Bali for 10 days,” Mr Mal­com­son said.

He said his client would re­port to a po­lice sta­tion in Vic­to­ria on July 22 to con­firm he was back in the coun­try be­fore re­turn­ing to Queens­land.

Mr Mal­com­son said his client had pre­vi­ously trav­elled to Phuket, Thai­land, while on bail and re­ported to po­lice on his re­turn to Aus­tralia.

Moore is fac­ing a charge of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a ve­hi­cle caus­ing death while ad­versely af­fected by an in­toxi- cat­ing sub­stance. Po­lice will also be al­leg­ing the car Moore was driv­ing at the time of the crash had ma­jor de­fects and wasn’t fit to be used on public roads.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Sergeant Mick Whitty said the ap­pli­ca­tion to Moore’s bail con­di­tion should be de­nied.

“It is the pros­e­cu­tion’s po­si­tion that we are op­posed to that,” Sgt Whitty said.

Mag­is­trate Peter Smid ap­proved the ap­pli­ca­tion on the con­di­tion he re­port to po­lice on his re­turn to Aus­tralia.

Moore’s girl­friend was pro­nounced dead at the scene of the ac­ci­dent af­ter a traf­fic sign crashed through the car’s wind­screen, spear­ing her.

Moore was trav­el­ling to­wards Townsville with his girl­friend in the front pas­sen­ger seat when he al­legedly lost con­trol while over­tak­ing be­fore col­lid­ing with the sign near Alice River. The car trav­elled for about 150m with the sign em­bed­ded in the wind­screen be­fore stop­ping.

The scene of the crash which left a woman dead last year.

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