Po­lice nab child sex ac­cused

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - KERRI- ANNE MES­NER

A MAN who was due to face a Townsville court on child sex al­le­ga­tions has been found af­ter three years on the run.

The man, 38, failed to ap­pear in the Townsville Mag­is­trates Court on June 17, 2014, on one charge of in­de­cent treat­ment of a child un­der the age of 16 and one charge of car­nal knowl­edge.

Po­lice found the man hid­ing at his mother’s Rock­hamp­ton home. He was taken into cus­tody on Tues­day.

He ap­plied for bail in the Rock­hamp­ton Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day, as well as plead­ing guilty to breaches of bail and fail­ing to ap­pear in court. Po­lice prose­cu­tor Julie Mars­den said when po­lice lo­cated the man, he gave a false name, but once he was iden­ti­fied cor­rectly, the out­stand­ing war­rant from Townsville was dis­cov­ered.

Ms Mars­den said he then told po­lice he did not at­tend court in June 2014 as he be­lieved the mat­ter had been thrown out be­cause there was no ev­i­dence for the charges laid in 2012.

De­fence lawyer Mark Platt said be­cause of the na­ture of the al­le­ga­tions, his client feared the al­leged vic­tim’s fam­ily mem­bers would threaten him with phys­i­cal harm.

When Mr Platt went to or­der a brief of ev­i­dence, po­lice pros­e­cu­tion said the mat­ter had reached com­mit­tal hand- up in the Townsville courts, so there should al­ready be a brief of ev­i­dence.

Mr Platt said if his client was granted bail he would con­tinue liv­ing at his mother’s home in Rock­hamp­ton.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tion ob­jected to the bail ap­pli­ca­tion be­cause of his crim­i­nal his­tory, which crossed into two other states and the fact he had is­sues com­ply­ing with bail con­di­tions and fail­ing to ap­pear.

“He is at­tempt­ing to avoid deal­ing with these charges,” Ms Mars­den said.

Mag­is­trate Cather­ine Ben­son or­dered the man to pay $ 650 for the breaches and fail­ure to ap­pear.

She re­fused his bail ap­pli­ca­tion, agree­ing he was a risk of not ap­pear­ing and said that if con­victed, he would face time in pri­son.

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