Prisoner head­ing to dis­trict court

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A PRISONER who tried to have his mat­ters dealt with in the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court this week was told he must ap­pear be­fore a higher court.

Ja­son Matthew Jen­nings is charged with two counts of com­mon as­sault, one of as­sault oc­ca­sion­ing bod­ily harm, one of go­ing armed to cause fear and one each of se­ri­ously as­sault­ing a per­son over the age of 60, se­ri­ously as­sault­ing a po­lice of­fi­cer by bit­ing or spit­ting, ob­struct­ing po­lice and wil­fully dam­ag­ing po­lice prop­erty.

Jen­nings has been be­hind bars since his first court ap­pear­ance on Jan­uary 5, fol­low- ing a se­ries of al­leged vi­o­lent in­ci­dents in Ju­bilee Pocket on Jan­uary 4.

He was back in court on Mon­day via a video-link with the pri­son, dur­ing which he was told his charges would be com­mit­ted to the dis­trict court.

“I was kind of hop­ing to get it dealt with to­day with a guilty plea,” he said.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said this was a state­ment borne not out of re­morse but from a “get me out of here” ap­proach.

He told Jen­nings the pros­e­cu­tor had elected in­dict­ment as she was en­ti­tled to do and “you are head­ing to the dis­trict court”.

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