Prisoner heading to district court
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”.