Man hides but ends up in prison

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A MAN who hid from po­lice on the top shelf of a wardrobe will spend the next two months be­hind bars.

Jasen Paul Allen was brought to the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court in po­lice cus­tody on Mon­day, fol­low­ing his ar­rest ear­lier that day.

The court heard that Allen was ini­tially bailed from the Mackay watch house on Au­gust 24, with a con­di­tion about liv­ing at a Mackay ad­dress at­tached.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith said he sub­se­quently moved to com­mis­sion hous­ing in Ju­bilee Pocket with­out no­ti­fy­ing po­lice.

Allen was found at the Ju­bilee Pocket ad­dress on Oc­to­ber 1, in the company of a woman with whom he was pro­hib­ited from hav­ing con­tact.

On Oc­to­ber 3, he was named the re­spon­dent in a Do­mes­tic Vi­o­lence Or­der (DVO) made in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court. A manda­tory good be­hav­iour con­di­tion was at­tached.

At 2am on Mon­day morn­ing, po­lice re­turned to Allen’s Ju­bilee Pocket ad­dress after re­ceiv­ing re­ports of a loud dis­tur­bance. Ms Smith said Allen walked out onto the bal­cony, looked down on po­lice and walked back inside, slam­ming the slid­ing door. She said the woman even­tu­ally looked out of the bath­room win­dow and po­lice per­suaded her to open the door.

Allen, who was found hid­ing on the top shelf of a wardrobe, was ar­rested and brought to court, charged with breach­ing his bail and re­lease con­di­tions, as well as those of the DVO.

Duty lawyer Sher­rie Meade ar­gued he had not bla­tantly tried to go against the or­ders, blam­ing other el­e­ments such as a “toxic re­la­tion­ship” for the se­ries of events that oc­curred.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist did not agree, say­ing this was just “straight out bla­tantly con­temp­tu­ous of the or­ders that were made by courts”.

Allen was sentenced to four months im­pris­on­ment for each of the of­fences, of which he will serve two months ac­tual time be­hind bars. The bal­ance of the sen­tences will then be sus­pended for 12 months.

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