Bail re­fused

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who was brought to court in po­lice cus­tody on Mon­day will stay be­hind bars af­ter his ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was de­nied.

Mathew Nor­man Deas stands charged with a raft of drug of­fences dat­ing back to Jan­uary 10 and 21.

The court heard he was ini­tially granted bail, which was sub­se­quently breached.

Deas was caught driv­ing be­tween Bowen and the Whit­sun­day Coast Air­port, in di­rect con­tra­ven­tion of a bail con­di­tion that stated he must not fre­quent the sub­urbs of Proser­pine or Air­lie Beach. Checks re­vealed his driver’s li­cence had pre­vi­ously been dis­qual­i­fied by the court. His car was searched and drug-re­lated items were found.

Duty lawyer Sheena Hayes sub­mit­ted that Deas should once again be granted bail. She said the fa­therof-two was not a flight risk and she ar­gued that the search of the vehi- cle was not con­sen­sual there­fore the crown case was “quite weak”.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells dis­agreed, say­ing the search was “cer­tainly done law­fully” and that the driv­ing mat­ters alone were “not in­signif­i­cant”.

Mag­is­trate Max­ine Bald­win said while the jus­tice sys­tem gen­er­ally re­jected the idea of in­car­cer­at­ing peo­ple prior to a fair trial, Deas was in a “show-cause” sit­u­a­tion, where the onus was on him to prove he was not an un­ac­cept­able risk of com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences.

“No grant of bail is ever risk­free,” she said.

“The is­sue is, can those risks be min­imised to be ac­cept­able.”

Ul­ti­mately Ms Bald­win ruled that Deas “seems not to take se­ri­ously the con­di­tions of his bail” and the ap­pli­ca­tion was ac­cord­ingly re­fused.

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