$25k buys Proserpine man’s bail
THE wife of a 51-year-old Proserpine man arrested after the discovery of an alleged clandestine drug lab on January 24 has promised surety of $25k to facilitate her husband’s bail.
Peter Richard Clarke appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday via a telephone link-up from the Capricornia Correctional Centre where he was held in custody following his arrest.
Clarke, who is facing nine drug charges and three charges under the Weapons Act, was represented in court by Barrister Adrian Donaldson from the Gold Coastbased firm Gatenby Criminal Lawyers.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Cassells made an objection to bail but Mr Donaldson argued that any risks could be suitably addressed by conditions.
He said Clarke had strong ties to the community, including a 100-acre property he owned with his wife, who was present in court and prepared to put up “substantial surety”.
He also argued that tenants had recently occupied the building where the lab, al- leged to have been manufacturing amphetamines, was found. Finally, Mr Donaldson used the comparative of a case where an alleged offender accused of drug offences relating to a quantity of heroin with a street value of $15.5million, was granted bail by the Supreme Court, thanks to the provision of surety and implementation of strict conditions.
After a short adjournment to crosscheck his facts, magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist ruled that Clarke was not an unacceptable risk of failing to appear.
He also ruled that the risks of Clarke committing further offences could be allayed by bail conditions including surety in the sum of $25k.
Clarke will also have to report to the Proserpine Police Station three times per week, reside at his North Gregory address or one approved by the prosecution, surrender his passport and not approach within 100 metres of any international departure point.
Clarke’s 12 charges were listed for a committal-mention on April 28.