Man in al­leged M1 ram­page gets bail

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A MAN ac­cused of smash­ing through road­works and two ve­hi­cles at high speeds on the M1 be­fore al­legedly as­sault­ing a fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer while on pa­role has been granted bail.

The case has prompted the Queens­land Po­lice Union Pres­i­dent Ian Leavers to again call for changes to “re­volv­ing door” bail laws.

Ron­ald Lang­ham, 44, made a suc­cess­ful bail ap­pli­ca­tion in the South­port Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day fol­low­ing the al­leged crash at 8pm in Robina on Fri­day.

One of the cars Lang­ham al­legedly hit had a 10-mon­thold baby in­side. Po­lice al­lege the Mun­ruben man fled from the car and tried to push a man off his mo­tor­cy­cle.

A 47-year-old on-duty fe­male po­lice of­fi­cer con­fronted the man but suf­fered mi­nor in­juries dur­ing an al­leged scuf­fle.

Po­lice prose­cu­tor Donn Reid ob­jected to bail and said Lang­ham al­legedly reached for the of­fi­cer’s firearm.

It took four mem­bers of the pub­lic to help the of­fi­cer wres­tle Lang­ham to the ground.

He was ar­rested and taken to hos­pi­tal and charged with one count each of dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle and se­ri­ous as­sault.

Mag­is­trate Joan White said the al­le­ga­tions were very se­ri­ous but said they were still just al­le­ga­tions.

Ms White said Lang­ham had com­plied with pa­role since be­ing sen­tenced in the South­port Dis­trict Court in 2014.

She said he had “kept out of trou­ble for five years” since be­ing sen­tenced. What of­fence Lang­ham was sen­tenced for was not men­tioned in court.

Ms White said Lang­ham had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for fail­ing to ap­pear in court.

She or­dered Lang­ham re­port to po­lice once a week and com­ply with any men­tal health plan suggested by his doc­tors. The mat­ter was ad­journed to Fe­buary 12.

“The sim­ple fact is that courts do not put enough weight on po­lice sub­mis­sions ob­ject­ing to bail,” Mr Leavers said.

OPIN­ION, P16

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