Sub­mis­sion for bail scores ‘F’

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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