Submission for bail scores ‘F’
A MAN with a history of failing to appear in court had his bail refused in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court this week.
Jamie Raymond Slight was brought to court in police custody, charged with breaking into a boat in the Townsville area some time between August 17 and 23.
The concreter, who told the court he spent his time in both Magnetic Island and Airlie Beach, said he was in a “catch 22” situation about entering a plea.
“The local sergeant said he doesn’t want me to get bail, but I can’t plead not guilty in this court,” he said. Slight, who elected not to see the duty lawyer and instead represented himself, said he needed to be released from custody and would therefore enter a guilty plea, despite having some argument about what was alleged. His reasoning for this was that pleading not guilty meant having the matter returned to the jurisdiction where it occurred. He admitted he knew that if bail was refused he would have to remain in custody until his appearance in the Townsville court.
“If I was to mark you on that submission, I’d give you an ‘F’,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said.
“Nothing you’ve said here would lead me to take a plea of guilty off you… I can’t take that into account and say, ‘oh well, I’ll take the plea of guilty’ – that’s not how the system works.”
Mr Stjernqvist also warned Slight that “if you plead guilty today, having regard to your history, you’ll be serving more than three months in jail”.
“I think you should get some legal advice at least,” he said.
Slight persisted with his application for bail but police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said this was opposed.
Ms Smith said Slight had “significant history” and was a risk of both committing further offences and failing to appear in court.
Mr Stjernqvist noted Slight had six previous cases of failing to appear on his history and bail was formally refused.
Slight will remain in custody until his court appearance in Townsville on October 27.