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.