Jennings may apply for bail

Trent Jennings
Trent Jennings

SEX killer Trent Jennings may apply for bail on a raft of charges he allegedly committed after he went missing from a psychiatric hospital.

Jennings, who was caught by police at Byron Bay last week, did not appear in Sydney's Central Local Court yesterday, when counsel representing him said he may apply for bail in a few weeks.

The 26-year-old faces charges of detaining a person for advantage, car theft, robbery and gaining a financial benefit by deception.

They relate to an alleged incident in Sydney's south on December 29, while Jennings was on day leave from Morisset Psychiatric Hospital near Newcastle.

He was committed to the facility in 2005 for killing his gay lover during a drug-fuelled sex romp.

Jennings was caught last week while sleeping in an allegedly stolen car in Byron Bay.

He had driven the car to Byron from Sydney despite being stopped by police near Coffs Harbour.

The Mental Health Review Tribunal granted him day release last month.

The family of the man Jennings killed was in court yesterday, but declined to speak to reporters waiting outside.

Jennings is expected to appear in Sydney Central Local Court via audio-visual link on January 31.

If he is granted bail he would be returned to a mental health facility.

In the meantime, the tribunal will review his case on January 27.

Topics:  bail court

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