Man re­mains in cus­tody

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who is fac­ing a string of as­sault and drug-re­lated charges will re­main in cus­tody un­til May 26 af­ter his ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was re­fused in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

Ti­mothy Evan McDon­ald was brought to court in po­lice cus­tody charged with fail­ing to prop­erly dis­pose of a nee­dle and syringe, pos­sess­ing dan­ger­ous drugs, two counts of pos­sess­ing items used in the com­mis­sion of crime and three counts of se­ri­ous as­sault on po­lice.

A rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the depart­ment of cor­rec­tive ser­vices also sub­mit­ted that there were pro­ba­tion and com­mu­nity ser­vice or­ders McDon­ald had breached. Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells ob­jected to bail on the grounds that McDon­ald had re­of­fended while al­ready on bail.

Duty lawyer An­toinette Mor­ton ar­gued that McDon­ald was not a threat to the pub­lic or him­self. She sub­mit­ted that any con­cerns could be negated by strict con­di­tions such as reg­u­lar reporting to po­lice.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist ruled that there were “ob­vi­ous con­cerns”.

“[You are] clearly an un­ac­cept­able risk of com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences,” he said, be­fore re­fus­ing bail. McDon­ald’s mat­ters were set down for May 26 and he will re­main in cus­tody un­til this date.

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