Man on drug charges granted bail

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who has been held in prison on ex­tra charges since his pa­role re­lease date on June 9 was granted bail this week on the con­di­tion he does not come to Air­lie Beach.

John Joseph Kennedy ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day via a tele­phone link with the Capri­cor­nia Cor­rec­tional Cen­tre where he was still in cus­tody.

He has been charged with two counts of pos­sess­ing danger­ous drugs, two counts of pos­sess­ing a rel­e­vant sub­stance or thing and one count of fail­ing to prop­erly dis­pose of a nee­dle and sy­ringe.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade ap­plied for bail on his be­half but Po­lice Pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith ob­jected.

Ms Smith said the prose­cu­tion’s pri­mary con­cern was that Kennedy was an un­ac­cept­able risk of con­tin­u­ing to com­mit fur­ther of­fences. “[And] he has failed to ap­pear in the past,” she warned.

Ms Meade ar­gued that “this could go on in­def­i­nitely”. “And it could be another 12 months if it ac­tu­ally goes to court,” she said.

Af­ter care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion of Kennedy’s crim­i­nal his­tory and the pro­vi­sion of a bail ad­dress in Colling­wood Park by his mother, mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist granted bail.

While there were no re­port­ing con­di­tions at­tached, Kennedy is not per­mit­ted to visit the Air­lie Beach area in­clud­ing the sub­urbs of Can­non­vale, Ju­bilee Pocket and Shute Har­bour. His charges were ad­journed un­til Septem­ber 8.

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