A stint un­der guard for fail­ing to ap­pear

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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”.

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