Bail after 4 breaches

A TEENAGER who allegedly breached his domestic violence order and probation conditions four times was granted bail yesterday.

The 19-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is the subject of a domestic violence order made in Bundaberg Magistrates Court on January 6.

Police allegedly found the man sleeping on a couch at the complainant's home yesterday and arrested him for breaching conditions of the order, which require that he have no contact with the woman and that he not enter her home.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens told the court police were also called to the victim's home after reports of a disturbance on July 18.

The defendant was not there when officers arrived, but the woman and her sister alleged he had been.

Police were earlier called to the home on July 3 and 15 after reports of a disturbance, with the woman alleging the defendant had struck her face following an argument fuelled by alcohol.

“He has shown scant regard for court orders and we believe, if released, breaches will be ongoing,” Sgt Stevens said.

Probation and parole officer Greg McMahon said the defendant's response to probation had been “really quite dreadful” and he had failed to report since May 26.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts was sceptical of the defendant's chances of staying out of trouble if granted bail.

“How can I have any confidence at all that if I release him, he won't commit further offences?” she said.

Barrister Nick Larter said if bailed, his client would live in Gladstone with his mother, significantly reducing his likelihood of reoffending.

“Young men sometimes don't take these matters as seriously as they should,” he said.

Ms Batts released the defendant into his mother's company with conditions including he reside in Gladstone and have no contact with the complainant.



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