Lawyer: Client too risky to bring into court room
A LAWYER representing a man accused of a string of offences including stalking said his client was too great of a risk to watch house officers to be brought into court.
The man, who cannot be identified as the case relates to domestic violence, was applying for bail through his lawyer, who also sought an adjournment for proof of evidence in Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday.
He is facing five charges including unlawful stalking, trespassing and breach of a domestic violence order.
An application to vary a domestic violence order was also before the court, which Magistrate Graham Lee said the defendant should "hear with his own ears".
The man's duty lawyer Chris Lumme replied: "The reason I didn't bring him up (into the courtroom) was for the watch house officers' safety.
"He was in a bit of an emotional state, if I could put it that way.
"I felt it may not have been safe for him to have been brought up."
The man had been sentenced to a suspended prison sentence for breach of bail just the day before the hearing by Magistrate Lee - and had appeared on the same charge the day before that.
Police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Julia Wheaton said police contended the man went straight to the complainant's house and committed offences following the sentence on Friday.
Snr Sgt Wheaton said the man had been "quite threatening to the woman", and text message evidence would be tendered to support the allegations.
The man has denied the allegations.
His counsel argued the man was attempting to collect his belongings, had waited for about 45 minutes for police - who were required to be present were he to enter the home - and when they did not arrive he entered the complainant's home.
The matter was adjourned until 9am February 7, 2017 for a committal mention.
Police opposed bail and the application was denied by Magistrate Lee.