Proserpine woman refused bail again
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.