No bail for trio over escape bid
THREE inmates charged over the bashing of a police officer on Sunday and an escape bid from the Cairns Watchhouse have been held without bail.
Joshua James Richards, 27, Beau Neville Gibson, 18 and Clifford George E Mow, 19, appeared separately and handcuffed in Cairns Magistrates Court.
Richards, of Cooya Beach, and Gibson, of Smithfield, were charged with robbery with violence, attempted escape from lawful custody and attempted deprivation of liberty.
Mow, of Aringa, was charged with robbery with violence and attempted escape from lawful custody.
Their matters were heard separately. They did not apply for bail and were remanded into custody.
Acting Chief Superintendent Geoff Sheldon alleged that Richards was the ringleader of the attempted escape.
“It is clear he is the instigator of the whole thing, ” A/C Supt Sheldon said.
It is alleged Richards attacked the officer as he organised weekend visits to a chaplain for the prisoners.
“He was standing in the doorway of the exercise yard ... he was set upon by one of the prisoners who dragged him into the cell,”
“Two other prisoners joined the assault and he was kicked, brutally bashed and punched.”
It is alleged the men robbed the officer of his keys before he was able to disengage and lock the inmates back into their cells. However, the keys did not open any doors to freedom.
“We are proud of him for thwarting the attempted escape,” A/C Supt Sheldon said.
The case against Mow, Richards and Gibson has been adjourned for committal mention on January 23 next year.