Bail conditions eased for alleged child groomer
AN ALSTONVILLE man charged with grooming a 14-year-old girl has been granted more lenient bail conditions.
Brendan James Hill, 31, did not appear before Lismore Local Court on Tuesday when his matter was mentioned briefly.
Mr Hill has been charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years for sexual activity.
Police will allege he attempted to procure a 14-year-old girl in November last year.
Defence solicitor Rachael Thomas said Mr Hill had been excused from appearing in court this week.
The court heard some statements which would form part of the prosecution brief of evidence had not been filed.
Ms Thomas applied to adjust Mr Hill's bail conditions to allow him to report to police less frequently.
Until Tuesday, he had been required to report three times a week.
The prosecution argued this was "not particularly onerous" and opposed the change.
Magistrate David Heilpern agreed to reduce his reporting requirements to one day a week.
"Had the (police) brief been served on time, this might well have been committed for trial many months ago," Mr Heilpern said.
"The situation is that the defendant has been fully compliant with strict bail conditions since the day of his apprehension."
Mr Heilpern said he would not make a further order for prosecution of the brief, as he had done so four times already.
The matter will return to the court on July 3.