Ac­cused M1 basher gets bail

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - ALEXAN­DRIA UTTING

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.

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