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Man facing 'bizarre' kidnap charge remains in custody

A BALLINA man charged with the "bizarre" kidnapping of a 29-year-old woman at a Coffs Harbour hotel remains behind bars.

Jeremy Waters, 22, appeared in Lismore local court yesterday charged with taking or detaining a person with intent to obtain advantage.

The charge relates to the alleged kidnapping of the woman at the hotel on November 11.

The court heard Waters and the woman attended the hotel on the night of the alleged kidnapping.

Police said they had a very strong case against Waters, including CCTV footage depicting his "bizarre actions".

In applying for bail, Waters' Aboriginal Legal Service solicitor Kylie Anderson-Clark argued her client was not a flight risk, and asked Magistrate R Denes to consider imposing strict bail conditions, including a curfew and a condition restricting her client from licensed premises.

Ms Clark said her client was employed full time and could live with his girlfriend and her mother at a South Grafton address.

But police prosecutor Senior Sergeant Greg Huxtable opposed bail citing the serious nature of the alleged offence and the CCTV footage.

"The bizarre actions of the accused were depicted on CCTV footage," he said.

"The accused was seen entering and exiting the female toilets at the hotel on CCTV.

"The accused is allegedly seen on CCTV footage carrying the victim to the cleaners store room by dragging her by the clothes and leaving her in the store room unconscious."

Ms Denes refused Waters bail citing concerns for community safety.

"I have significant concerns for the protection of the community," she said.

She adjourned the matter to Coffs Harbour local court on January 29.

Topics:  kidnapping, kidnapping charges


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