News

Bail granted despite police concerns

Zach Hogg

A BUNDABERG man has faced court for refusing to give police the password to access his computer equipment after police executed a warrant and seized his computer following the alleged hacking of a secure police radio channel.

Hadyn Benjamin Shorten, 23, faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday and was granted bail after being charged with disobeying a lawful order and obstructing police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens strongly opposed bail and told the court that on September 23 at about 2.30pm a male voice came over the police radio and made abusive and derogatory comments in relation to an officer who was involved in a previous case against the defendant.

"He has an inherent hatred for this officer," Sgt Stevens said.

He said given the history, the defendant became a suspect and on October 8 police executed a warrant which clearly stated the defendant was required to provide any access codes in relation to items seized.

During the search, police located a laptop computer and, when Shorten was asked to provide the password, he allegedly refused and verbally abused and threatened police.

In opposing bail, Sgt Stevens said the defendant still had allegedly not complied with the requirement of the order and, every day he refused to provide the password, he was allegedly continuing to commit an offence.

Sgt Stevens said Shorten allegedly had a sophisticated computer and communications equipment set-up and for the defendant to claim he didn't know the password was false.

"For him to stand up in court and say 'I don't know it' - has no credibility whatsoever," he said.

But defence lawyer Matt Messenger argued there might not be a code to the laptop and that accessing the computer was "a matter for the boffins at the QPS".

In granting bail, magistrate Aaron Simpson said, given no charges had been laid in relation to the hacking of the police radio, Shorten was entitled to bail.

He said while he had not dealt with a case such as this, if he refused bail, bail then became punitive - and that was not what bail was all about.



Science Festival seriously awesome

CALLING everyone who wants to see, hear and be a part of something totally cool: this is where you need to be this March.

Drink where the cool kids do this summer

There are a bunch of new bars open in Brisbane, make sure you're there!

CHECK out these new funky bars.

Discover Brisbane’s laneway gems

Brisbane's laneways will surprise you.

NOT all of Brisbane City is as it seems…

Top five things to experience this summer in Brisbane

Tangalooma is amazing if you're keen for a dive, kayak or swim.

THIS summer get out and explore your capital city.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…find them on these drives!

The Scenic Rim is just one place nearby that you'll love.

BRISBANE isn’t all bright lights and city slickers.

Your boots are made for walking these tours

Brisbane Greeters tours are a great way to learn the local history of the city.

YOU don’t need a bike or bus for a seriously good tour of Brisbane.

Is Brisbane the new arts and culture capital?

Check out GOMA's latest exhibition - it's all about hair! GOMA 10 Ambassador Patience Hodgson visits Nervescape V 2016 by Icelandic artist Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir (aka Shoplifter), commissioned for ‘Sugar Spin: you, me, art and everything’ at the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. 
Photograph: Natasha Harth, QAGOMA

THE rest of the world should be envious of this line-up!

Praying for rain with no end to dry February in sight

WELCOME DRINK: A leaking water fountain became an oasis for birds seeking water in the dry weather on Sunday.

Wildlife looking for water and farmers praying for rain

Bundy man loses car after alleged burn-out

Police were out in force at the weekend.

Speeding and hooning keep cops busy

Local Partners

MKR rocked by satay sauce cheating scandal

WE ALL know what satay sauce is, right? Alyse and Matt didn't when they served it up on their MKR restaurant. Slammed by everyone, their reaction was gold.

'Nasty' Married At First Sight groom ripped apart on TV

Anthony gets torn down during the Married At First Sight commitment ceremony.

MAFS groom Anthony faces the music after fiery dinner party.

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon's The Great Wall gets lost

Matt Damon fails in a scene from the movie The Great Wall.

Did The Great Wall get lost in translation?

Paul Murray listens to regions

Paul Murray is taking his Sky News show on the road to shine a spotlight on regional Australia.

Radio broadcaster wants viewers to 'turn up and fire up'

Why Hollywood’s siding with Brad Pitt over Angelina Jolie

Jolie may have the kids, but Pitt has custody of Hollywood

Tensions high at pointy end of MKR's round two

Things are really heating up on My Kitchen Rules.

Games are being played around the My Kitchen Rules table

Jungle Jay sent packing from I'm a Celebrity

I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Here! contestant Jay Laga'aia with Keira.

BIG friendly giant Jay Laga'aia has been eliminated from I'm A Celeb

Expert: Why renters, home buyers may struggle

Matusik Property Insights director Michael Matusik.

What's next for the city's housing market

Massive seaside development of 3200 lots

DESIRABLE LIFESTYLE: The masterplan for the proposed Elliott Heads Estate.

"There's nothing else left along the coastline of Queensland now"

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

50 more high rise buildings planned for Brisbane CBD

Height limits have been scrapped for Brisbane CBD

800,000 more people expected to work in city over next 20 years

New suburb in the crosshairs of Coast vandals

UNDER WRAPS: Graffiti on art installations at the entrance to the newly opened Bells Creek Arterial Road has been covered up.

Vandal rechristens Stockland as something less than complimentary

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!