Man on drug charges granted bail
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.