News

Man accused of causing $80k of damage to public house

A BUNDABERG man accused of causing more than $80,000 of damage to a government housing property has faced court.
A BUNDABERG man accused of causing more than $80,000 of damage to a government housing property has faced court. Mike Knott

A BUNDABERG man accused of causing more than $80,000 of damage to a government housing property has faced court.

William Neville George Newbold, 28, was charged with one count of wilful damage relating to a period between January 1, 2010 and March this year when he resided at a Department of Communities home in Twyford St.

He yesterday faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court to apply for bail which Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens objected to.

"It (the department) said over the course of the lease, they had attended the property on several occasions and had been refused entry," Sgt Stevens said.

In March this year, it is alleged they found the house had been abandoned.

"They said it was uninhabitable," Sgt Stevens said.

"There was extensive damage."

It is alleged the destruction was caused to the inside of the house with damage to walls and tiles as well as water damage and stolen fixtures.

"Police intercepted the defendant (yesterday) and he said he didn't know anything about the damage and declined to be interviewed," Sgt Stevens said.

The prosecutor said QBuild quoted the damage caused at $81,931.

"I will tender his history, it's not of great significance," he said.

Sgt Stevens said Newbold's last criminal entry was for breaching probation many years ago.

"In any event he's now no longer living in the house," he said.

"He's temporarily living with his parents (in-law) at (Branyan)."

Sgt Stevens said the objection to Newbold's bail came as a result of him have "very little ties to the area".

"The motivation to flee the area for the seriousness of the offence is high," he said.

But Newbold disagreed, saying his children went to school in the region and that he was residing with his parents-in-law until a permanent address could be found.

"I'm willing to do anything for my bail app like sign in once a day or attend the next court case," he said.

"I'm living with my parents-in-law and three children.

"We're allowed to stay there until we find a place of our own."

Newbold said he had been in his current delivery driver role for a number of years.

Magistrate Barry Barrett said there had been an eight-year gap since Newbold last fronted court and decided he was an acceptable bail risk under the conditions he report to police three times a week and reside at his family's Branyan address.

Newbold will face court again on July 28.




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Footy lovers love pizza too

Bundaberg Eagle Boys store gets ready for Origin. Photo Contributed

Origin will be one the biggest nights in the pizza industry

Hopes roadside vigil will spark memories

No Caption

A ROADSIDE vigil will be held at the site where a man lost his life

19 places you can watch the State of Origin around Bundy

Cameron Smith of the Maroons passes the ball  during State of Origin Game III between the NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Wednesday, July 8, 2015. (AAP Image/Glenn Hunt) NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY

Find out what hotels, clubs, and other venues are doing for Origin

Latest deals and offers

Fisho claims he found Spirit of 1770 first

Bundaberg fisherman Glen Watson was the first person to discover the Spirit of 1770 when he hooked up on while trawling on Friday May 20. Mr Watson shows off what was brought up on his nets after the near disaster. Photo: Craig Warhurst/News mail

Bundaberg fisherman Glen Watson says he was the first person to discover the wreck...

Bennett, Langer, Thurston and others talk Cam Smith

Broncos and former QLD coach Wayne Bennett.

Broncos and former QLD coach plus past and present players talk about Cameron...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked