Alleged rapist ‘spy’ granted bail
A FORMER pizza delivery driver who allegedly groomed children for sexual acts, pretending to some that he was an ASIO spy, has been granted bail.
The man, 20, gave some children alcohol or drugs and allowed some to drive his car, saying it was part of their ASIO training, police allege.
He is facing 81 charges, including rape of a girl, 13, making written threats to murder a witness and attempting to procure a sexual act by threat or intimidation.
He is also charged with involving children in making child exploitation material and distributing child exploitation material and indecent treatment of children.
Other charges include administering drugs for the purpose of a sexual act, aggravated supply of drugs to a minor, child grooming, sexual assault, making threats and stalking.
Police prosecutor Sgt Josh Kelly told Brisbane Magistrates Court the offences were against children aged 13 to 16, between 2015 and October 24.
"He builds a rapport and then it allegedly involves alcohol or drug taking," Magistrate Judith Daley said of the police allegations.
Opposing bail, Sgt Kelly said more than 15 complainants provided statements to investigating officers.
He said the 20-year-old made a written threat of an act of murder towards a prosecution witness.
The court heard 32 of the 81 offences were committed when the man was a juvenile.
Sgt Kelly said the man also was recently charged with driving offences, as a result of police surveillance.
Sgt Kelly said he had been seen driving dangerously at 140kmh in a 60kmh zone and 134kmh in a 90kmh zone on Brisbane's Western Freeway.
Defence lawyer Remy Kurz said the man, who had an acquired brain injury from a car accident last year, was assaulted by another watchhouse prisoner on October 27.
Mr Kurz said the man had been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.
He said he was at risk of assault and serious injury, perhaps a fatal injury, if he was refused bail and kept in custody.
Magistrate Daley said the man had continued to offend against vulnerable people in the community since his injury.
She expressed concern at a proposal that the man live alone and only granted bail on condition that he live with his mother, on a 24-hour curfew.
She ordered him not have contact with anyone under 18, he must wear an electronic tracking device and he must report to police three times a week.
He cannot use drugs or drive and has to submit to random breath tests.
The case was adjourned until December 3.