Man accused of abducting a 13-year-old girl wins bail
A TOWNSVILLE man, accused of abducting a 13-year-old girl from Mackay has been granted bail after being arrested in Bundaberg on Sunday.
The 42-year-old man, who cannot be named to protect the identity of the girl, has been charged with one count of abduction of a child under 16 and one count of carnal knowledge of a child under 16.
The accused sat in the dock, while his mother watched on from the visitors' area, as police prosecutor Sergeant Dean Burgess opposed the bail application in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday and described the charges as being of a "horrible nature".
Sgt Burgess told the court the accused travelled from Bundaberg to Mackay to collect the child and brought her back and kept her out in the bush.
"The fact he has continued to avoid police, to avoid apprehension, has to be taken into consideration by the court today," he said.
"It's not the first time this is alleged to have occurred.
"He is an unacceptable risk."
Sgt Burgess tendered an affidavit to the court outlining the serious allegations and the concerns police had that the accused may fail to reappear in court.
Defence lawyer Matt Maloy argued that any risks could be alleviated by conditions.
"We are not talking about a person who has a substantial criminal history," he said.
Mr Maloy said the accused's mother had driven down from Townsville to help police.
"She came down from Townsville to assist police and has been instrumental in bringing a resolution to this matter," he said.
Mr Maloy told the court the mother had offered her son accommodation at her home.
Magistrate Aaron Simpson said police were concerned that the accused may fail to appear in court in the future.
"But you don't have any history of failing to appear," he said.
"In my view, you moving to the Townsville area and reporting to police can address that."
As part of the conditions for bail the accused must reside at his mother's house, adhere to a strict curfew and report regularly to police.
The matter was adjourned until July 21.