Accused M1 basher gets bail
A MAN accused of a violent gang bashing that left Gold Coast tradesman Brock Prime fighting for his life has been granted bail.
Jonathan Christopher Lawrence, 26, was in February charged with grievous bodily harm along with three other men who are alleged to have set upon Mr Prime with either a tyre iron or a crowbar after a chase along the M1 motorway.
Lawrence was yesterday granted bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court after defence lawyer Chris Nyst argued he would not pose an unacceptable risk if released from custody.
The court heard that Mr Prime, who was left with a fractured skull and a broken leg after the attack, allegedly started the cat and mouse chase along the motorway by confronting another man.
“It seems common ground that the complainant in the matter instigated the whole confrontation,” Mr Nyst said.
Police also allege Mr Prime came at the group of men with a concrete scraper during the incident.
The men who allegedly attacked Mr Prime were out on a buck’s night when the incident occurred on February 24.
Lawrence was granted bail on several conditions, including that he abide by a curfew.