A stint under guard for failing to appear
BLAKE Andrew Wensley learned a lesson about missing his court dates when he was brought to court in police custody on Monday.
The 21-year-old local was charged with two counts of breaching a police banning notice on February 27 and was due to appear in court on March 16.
On this date he failed to appear and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Monday morning he surrendered himself into police custody after being advised to do so last week.
Police prosecutor Elizabeth Smith said he’d forgotten his initial court date and attended the next day, only to find there was no court in session. Duty lawyer Sherrie Meade said he worked six days a week and “the days just run into the next one”.
Magistrate Ron Muirhead told Wensley, “the bottom line is, if you’re put on bail to appear in court on a certain day you’ve got to appear”. Wensley was fined $300 and a new court date was set for April 7. Bail was not opposed so he left the court a free man with the warning that not showing up in two weeks would result in a penalty “a lot higher than a $300 fine”.