Jail for third stab ac­cused

Shots, stabs and drugs in Ri­fle Range Rd al­le­ga­tions

The Gympie Times - - FRONT PAGE - ARTHUR GOR­RIE arthur.gor­[email protected]­etimes.com

A THIRD Gympie man has been re­manded in cus­tody af­ter last week’s Ri­fle Range Rd home in­va­sion.

Mitchell Ben­nett Byrne, 27, was ar­rested at his Cootharaba Rd home and fronted Gympie Mag­is­trates Court yes­ter­day.

He is charged with mul­ti­ple drug and vi­o­lence mat­ters.

Charges against him in­clude en­ter­ing a dwelling with crim­i­nal in­tent, two counts of rob­bery with vi­o­lence while in com­pany and com­mit­ting acts in­tended to cause griev­ous bod­ily harm, all on Novem­ber 28.

He is also charged with pos­sess­ing metham­phetamine and fail­ing to dis­pose of a used nee­dle as legally re­quired on Oc­to­ber 3, fail­ing to pro­vide po­lice with re­quired iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­tails on Oc­to­ber 11, and breach­ing com­mu­nity-based court orders on Oc­to­ber 17 and 23.

Byrne pleaded guilty to breach­ing bail by fail­ing to ap­pear in court on Novem­ber 26 to face the Oc­to­ber charges, but he did not en­ter a plea to any of the other charges against him, in­clud­ing those linked to the Ri­fle Range Rd in­ci­dent.

He made no ap­pli­ca­tion for bail and was re­manded in cus­tody un­til Jan­uary 14.

The other two men ac­cused over the Ri­fle Range Rd in­ci­dent have been re­manded, also in cus­tody, to ap­pear again on Fe­bru­ary 4.

They are Kyle An­drew Alve, 25, of South­side, and Lach­lan Patrick Muller, 21, of Chatsworth.

Alve ap­peared in the Gympie court on Mon­day af­ter hav­ing al­ready been de­nied bail af­ter his ar­rest.

Mag­is­trate Chris Cal­laghan de­nied bail a se­cond time when Alve ap­plied again, hop­ing that a surety of­fered by his fa­ther would con­vince the court to al­low him out of jail while he awaits trial.

“If he wants bail, he’ll have to go to the Supreme Court,” Mr Cal­laghan said, rul­ing that his fam­ily vouch­ing for him was not a suf­fi­cient safe­guard for the com­mu­nity.

Chatsworth man Lach­lan Patrick Muller was re­manded in cus­tody af­ter Mr Cal­laghan noted he was also sub­ject to a re­turn to pri­son war­rant.

Muller, 21, did not ap­ply for bail when he ap­peared in the court on Thurs­day.

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