Sec­ond shot at bail de­nied

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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”.

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