Woman with anger is­sues granted bail

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A WHIT­SUN­DAY woman who is fac­ing a string of se­ri­ous charges has been granted bail af­ter a court ruled the con­di­tions it would im­pose would de­ter her from re-of­fend­ing.

Amanda Ma­ree Fenn, 20, has been be­hind bars since her ar­rest ear­lier this year.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Peter Nolan told the Bris­bane Supreme Court on Fri­day there was the very real risk she could re­main in jail for up to a year be­fore her mat­ter was heard due to the sched­ule of crim­i­nal court sit­ting dates in the re­gion.

"She is a young of­fender and given there are only crim­i­nal sit­tings twice a year in the re­gion she could ac­tu­ally spend her 21st birth­day be­hind bars," he said. "She could ac­tu­ally spend more than a year in jail depend­ing on when her trial is set down for."

The Crown op­posed the bail ap­pli­ca­tion ar­gu­ing Ms Fenn posed a high risk of re-of­fend­ing and had clear anger man­age­ment is­sues.

How­ever, Jus­tice Martin Daub­ney took a dif­fer­ent view and granted her bail as long as she ad­hered to strict con­di­tions which in­cluded liv­ing in­de­pen­dently from her fam­ily at Cannonvale.

"I am per­suaded the risks of re-of­fend­ing can be out­weighed by the pro­posed bail con­di­tions im­posed on her," he said.

Ms Fenn will be re­quired to re­port to po­lice three times per week.

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