Proser­pine woman re­fused bail again

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A PROSER­PINE woman cur­rently charged with mul­ti­ple drug-re­lated of­fences will re­main in the Townsville Women’s Prison after her ap­pli­ca­tion for bail was re­fused this week.

Toni Rachel Hall ap­peared in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day via a video link with the prison where she has been on re­mand for about five weeks.

The 42-year-old was rep­re­sented by Zoe Craven from the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der Le­gal Ser­vice (ATSILS), who in­di­cated all mat­ters would be con­tested and ap­plied for bail on her client’s be­half.

Ms Craven said Hall, the owner of a lo­cal fit­ness business, had sig­nif­i­cant stand­ing as a long-term Proser­pine res­i­dent, which, com­bined with her lack of any prior con­vic­tions, made her “lit­tle to no risk” of fail­ing to ap­pear in court as and when re­quired.

Ms Craven also sub­mit­ted that with­out be­ing granted bail, the length of time Hall spent in cus­tody could be prej­u­di­cial.

Nonethe­less, po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith ob­jected to bail say­ing Hall was in a “show-cause” sit­u­a­tion.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist elab­o­rated on this, say­ing in his opin­ion the pros­e­cu­tion had an “ex­tremely strong case”.

Mr St­jern­qvist said po­lice were al­leg­ing that Hall was found with six grams of a crys­tal sub­stance de­ter­mined to be methyl am­phet­a­mine and 106g of MSM – a cut­ting agent for the drug, at her Chap­man Street ad­dress.

He said there were al­le­ga­tions of phone and tablet mes­sages re­lat­ing to drug ac­tiv­ity and fur­ther charges re­lat­ing to a Midge Point ad­dress.

“[And] she’s al­ready be­fore the court since May for in­dictable drug mat­ters – that’s the show cause sit­u­a­tion,” he said.

Bail was for­mally re­fused and Hall was or­dered to re­main in cus­tody un­til her next court ap­pear­ance on Novem­ber 24.

“I was, on Septem­ber 18, of the opin­ion that you were an un­ac­cept­able risk of com­mit­ting fur­ther of­fences and I’m still of that view,” Mr St­jern­qvist said.

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