Drunken man has bail re­voked

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who drank al­co­hol be­fore ap­pear­ing in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day had his bail re­voked and was taken into cus­tody to sober up.

Steve Dou­glas Austin was al­legedly too drunk to give duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade ac­cu­rate in­struc­tions on how his charges were to pro­ceed.

Ms Meade told the court that given his past his­tory, Austin be­lieved he would be go­ing to jail and had there­fore “had a few drinks”.

She said hav­ing con­sumed al­co­hol, he was not in a posi- tion to give in­struc­tions and she re­quested an ad­journ­ment.

In­stead, mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist re­voked Austin’s bail and had po­lice of­fi­cers re­move him from the court, say­ing this was a “con­temp­tu­ous act”.

“You’re clearly in­tox­i­cated... [and] you can stay in cus­tody un­til you sober up,” he said.

At 2pm, Austin was brought back to court and his charges were ad­journed.

He is sched­uled to ap­pear again on March 3.

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