Bail refused for assault
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.