Main street mayhem case

A MAN faced court Monday charged with a wild crime rampage down the main street of Bundaberg.

Matthew James Irvine, 30, allegedly punched a man, groped a woman and stole various items in the Bundaberg CBD on Friday afternoon.

Bundaberg Magistrates Court was told the incident happened about a week after Irvine was released from prison.

After serving a six-month jail sentence for public nuisance, Irvine appeared before Magistrate Jennifer Batts in handcuffs yesterday.

He faced eight charges for alleged offences including common assault, sexual assault and stealing.

The defendant represented himself and applied for bail.

Police prosecutor, Sergeant Barry Stevens, said the alleged rampage began about 3pm Friday when the defendant broke into an unlocked vehicle parked on Targo Street and stole a gift voucher and key card.

The court heard he then walked to a nearby business and damaged a window - breaking the glass - before moving around to a small office where he stole two cheque books.

“(The defendant) threatened the owner, who retreated, but (the owner) followed him,” Sgt Stevens said.

“He then assaulted a female member of the community by grabbing her buttocks.”

Sgt Stevens said Irvine tried to break into two vehicles on Targo Street, where he was confronted by another man.

“(The defendant) assaulted him by punching him in the nose,” the police prosecutor said.

The court heard police arrived and after a minor scuffle the man was arrested.

Sgt Stevens said he opposed bail because he had failed to appear on other charges at Bundaberg and in Cairns.

Irvine told the court he was addicted to alcohol and since serving time in jail had also become addicted to morphine.

He also said since coming out of prison he had been unable to access some of his other medication.

The court heard the defendant wanted to go and live in Moore Park Beach where he claimed he would be able to stop drinking.

“Jail don't do anything for you,” he said.

“It just makes it worse.”

The defendant also said he did want to hire a lawyer, although the court heard he had been offered legal aid yesterday morning and did not want it.

Magistrate Jennifer Batts denied the defendant's bail application and adjourned the matter until October 23 and encouraged the defendant to get some legal advice.



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