Bail re­fused for as­sault

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

BAIL has been re­fused for a man who is cur­rently in prison in Rock­hamp­ton, await­ing a court date for a charge of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm.

Brett Stephen Peasley was orig­i­nally charged with griev­ous bod­ily harm but the charge was of­fi­cially down­graded in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

Peasley, who ap­peared via a phone link-up be­tween the court and the prison, had al­legedly told his so­lic­i­tor he would plead guilty to the new charge.

When it came down to it on the day how­ever, he asked mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist for a two-week ad­journ­ment and an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail, say­ing he needed to seek fur­ther le­gal ad­vice.

Mr St­jern­qvist said there was a men­tal­ity among peo­ple sit­ting in the same sit­u­a­tion as Peasely “to only think about a four-let­ter word begin­ning with ‘b’ – bail”.

Mr St­jern­qvist pressed for the mat­ter to pro­ceed, but Ms Morton said if Peasley was seek­ing more time with his le­gal team “I can­not go against that”.

When Peasley heard he would not be granted bail, he changed his mind and in­structed Ms Morton to en­ter a plea of guilty straight away.

Mr St­jern­qvist nonethe­less ad­journed the mat­ter to the Mackay Mag­is­trate’s Court, to be heard to­mor­row (Fri­day, Au­gust 15).

Peasley will re­main in cus­tody un­til then.

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