Second shot at bail denied
A DINGO Beach woman accused of robbing a Cannonvale video store in November 2014, has been warned she could remain behind bars for a significant period of time.
Tammy Ann Mules appeared in the Proserpine Magistrate’s Court on Monday via a video link with the Townsville Women’s Prison where she has been held in custody since her first court appearance on December 1 when bail was initially refused.
This week, charges against Mules and her husband Michael John Elliott were scheduled to be committed to the district court. In Elliott’s case the charges were adjourned to allow defence solicitor Lachlan YgoaMcKeown to take instructions from his client and potentially make submissions to the prosecution.
Mules’ charge, which relates to an incident on November 29, when the bikini-clad mother of three allegedly held up the Video Ezy store while pretending to be armed with a gun, was committed for trial at the next sit- ting of the Mackay District Court on a date to be notified by the Department of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
In the meantime Mules’ defence solicitor Sherrie Meade tried a second shot at a bail application but this was refused.
“I remember her history,” magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist said.
Ms Meade agreed Mules’ history was “extensive” but said her offending related to a period of time when there were issues with drugs and a prescription substance.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith handed up the prosecution’s original objection to bail, which highlighted three previous entries for attempted robberies.
“[And] this is not an attempt – it’s a strong case in my respectful submission,” she said.
Mr Stjernqvist ruled Mules was an unacceptable risk of committing further offences and bail was formally refused. He warned her she was very likely to receive a prison sentence “for some not insignificant time”.