Con­tact a mere tech­ni­cal­ity

Whitsunday Times - - PROSERPINE MAGISTRATE'S COURT -

A 21-YEAR-OLD Proser­pine man de­scribed as hav­ing a “propen­sity for vi­o­lence” will re­main in cus­tody un­til at least July 6.

The man, who is al­leged to have punched a woman in the head, was brought be­fore the Proser­pine Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor El­iz­a­beth Smith ob­jected to bail, say­ing the man’s be­hav­iour had been a con­cern to the pros­e­cu­tion since June 1, but po­lice were not able to speak with him at that time.

She said he fi­nally came into po­lice cus­tody on Sun­day, July 21, when he was ar­rested at a Proser­pine ad­dress.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms Smith, the ag­grieved in the mat­ter fled to Proser­pine and the man fol­lowed her there.

Duty lawyer Lach­lan YgoaMcKe­own ar­gued against this, say­ing it was the ag­grieved who had sought the man out, even though he be­lieved the re­la­tion­ship to be over, and he didn’t in­sti­gate con­tact on June 21.

Mag­is­trate Haydn St­jern­qvist said the mat­ter of who in­sti­gated the con­tact was in­signif­i­cant.

“Some­thing that doesn’t mat­ter to me at all is that you didn’t go to the ag­grieved, she came to where you were – that doesn’t mat­ter,” he said.

Bail was for­mally re­fused and the man will re­main in cus­tody un­til his next court ap­pear­ance on July 6.

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