Tourist denied bail
A 23-YEAR-OLD tourist on a working holiday visa, charged after allegations his car struck and killed a 46-year-old man walking on Shute Harbour Rd on Sunday, has been denied bail.
Omer Itshaky faced Proserpine Magistrates Court on Monday morning, charged with dangerously operating a vehicle causing death while adversely affected, as well as failure to provide specimen of breath, dangerous drug possession and possession of utensils.
Prosecutor Sheena Hayes said Mr Itshaky was an unacceptable risk of failing to appear in court and had “no ties to the community”.
“He was in a vehicle registered in Western Australia, he was residing out of that vehicle, which has now been seized by police,” she said.
The court heard that Mr Itshaky was on a working holiday visa, which was due to expire in February, and has resided in Airlie Beach for the last four to five weeks.
Prior to arriving in Australia, Mr Itshaky lived in Israel, where he completed his military service.
Defence lawyer Cleo Rewald submitted an application for bail and said it would be between eight to 12 months before the matter was dealt with in a higher court.
“He has $1000 in his bank account of disposable cash and a credit card with $40,000 ... given he has access to funds it wouldn’t be difficult for him to secure accommodation in the immediate future,” she said.
“I agree at a minimum he should surrender his passport, which is in police possession, I also submit reporting conditions should be in place.”
Magistrate Simon Young denied bail as there were too many incentives for him to “cut and run”.
“I’m not satisfied reporting conditions three days a week will ameliorate that risk,” he said.
“He might have work but that might or might not be ongoing, without ties to the community or an address there is every incentive for him to flee.
“While I’m refusing bail it is not to say those matters can’t be addressed and further bail could or should be made once those issues are properly addressed.”
Investigations are still in the early stage and pleas are yet to be entered.