Full jails aid alleged sex offender’s release on bail

Chris Ison

A MAN who allegedly sexually assaulted a Banora Point sex worker has been released on conditional bail because the jails are full and he is aged, a magistrate has said.

Yesterday, sitting in the Lismore Local Court Magistrate R Denes told the court an analysis of forensic material required could take months.

She said another consideration in granting bail was that the prisons were full.

The 67-year-old Gold Coast man was charged with aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm on a victim and reckless grievous bodily harm.

The 46-year-old sex worker suffered extensive internal injuries during the alleged assault when the accused inserted his entire fist inside her last week, police said at the time of the accuseds arrest.

The man was extradited from Miami and arrested by Tweed police officers and charged with aggravated sexual assault and recklessly inflict grievous bodily harm.

He appeared at the Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday and was refused bail before appearing again in court Yesterday.

Yesterday, the prosecution apposed bail arguing for the protection of the victim.

But the defence for the accused said the man's health and age needed to be considered.

It was also argued the accused had strong community ties in Miami community, as he'd lived there for seven years.

Magistrate Denes granted conditional bail that required the man to report twice daily to Burleigh Heads police station

He was told not to approach or make contact the victim, not to travel to Banora Point or Tweed heads and not to go to airports with international departures.

He was further required to enter into an agreement to forfeit $1000 if he broke his bail conditions

The man's daughter offered to lodge between $5000 to $7000 and is required to lodge $3000 to satisfy the bail requirements

Magistrate Denes ordered a brief of evidence to be prepared by May 7th.

The case was adjourned to May 21 at Lismore Local Court.

Topics:  lismore local court tweed police

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