No bail for trio over es­cape bid

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Pete Martinelli

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.

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