Woman in prison after bail re­fused

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

A WOMAN who was brought to Mon­day’s sit­ting of the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court in po­lice cus­tody has been sent to the Townsville Women’s Prison un­til her hear­ing date of De­cem­ber 5.

Sharon Car­ring­ton begged mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist to grant her bail but the ap­pli­ca­tion was ul­ti­mately re­fused.

Car­ring­ton has been charged with two counts of con­tra­ven­ing a pro­ba­tion or­der, three of ob­struct­ing po­lice, two of tres­pass­ing and one count of steal­ing.

She told the court she in­tended to plead not guilty to the charges, de­spite the fact that the con­tra­ven­tions of pro­ba­tion re­late to of­fences she al­ready pleaded guilty to in June.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade made an ap­pli­ca­tion for bail but po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Cas­sells said this was op­posed.

Car­ring­ton then spoke for her­self, promis­ing to com­ply with pro­ba­tion and say­ing “I am putting my hand on my heart”.

Mr St­jern­qvist said Car­ring­ton had demon­strated “ex­treme re­sis­tance” to her pro­ba­tion or­der and was ex­tremely dis­mis­sive of her of­fend­ing.

He ruled that she was an un­ac­cept­able risk of com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences and bail was re­fused.

A tear­ful Car­ring­ton was led from the court un­der po­lice guard.

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