BAILED: Alleged abusive carer back in the community
A CARER accused of mistreating an elderly woman who had to be hospitalised, has been granted bail by an Ipswich court.
Michelle Leanne Stitt, 56, is charged with failing to supply the necessities of life at a Tarampa property between May 7 and May 30, 2019; and causing grievous bodily harm on April 29.
Both offences are deemed by police to be domestic violence related because of Stitt's position as carer.
A delay in her matters going to trial in the District Court was one consideration by Magistrate David Shepherd when granting Stitt bail on Tuesday.
Stitt, clad in a mulberry coloured sweater, sat quietly in the dock with her arms folded against her chest as her lawyer Andrew Guest made the bail application.
It was opposed by police.
Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said there was medical material indicating the alleged victim had reduced mental capacity and suffered schizophrenia and was unable to give police a statement as yet.
After being taken to hospital, the alleged victim was treated in hospital ICU and has since been moved to a ward.
Sgt Caldwell said both charges would go the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
There was some legal discussion before the court about the nature of the care arrangement Stitt had with the woman and whether it had been formalised, and included a financial arrangement where she was paid a carer's pension by the government.
Mr Shepherd said the allegation was Stitt received a carer's pension at the time.
The court was closed to the public for some discussion before reopening.
Mr Shepherd granted Stitt bail to live with a friend at Camira. She must report to Goodna police station three times a week.
She must not enter any arrangement to provide care to another.
He said the matters did involve unusual circumstances.
He said Stitt must file evidence with the court by Friday that she attended a medical appointment with a psychiatrist.
Her matters will return to court on July 10.