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Dubai dad phoned to pay for son’s criminal lawyer

ACCUSED of a nasty, violent home invasion, William Tai Speers was stranded in custody without a lawyer so his sister, Ann, phoned dad who was in Dubai to advance funds to pay for his criminal lawyer.

Speers, 37, intended to make a bail application in Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday but did not proceed after magistrate Mark Morrow expressed concern he had no lawyer.

"No. I don't have a lawyer," Speers said from the dock.

"It's Doug Winning. I have not spoken to him.

"I don't know what's going on."

The court heard that the lawyer likely wanted to be paid to appear.

There was a scramble by Speers' sister to make a few quick calls to their father in Dubai to hire Mr Winning.

"I'll ring my dad. He's dealt with Mr Winning previously," Ann Speers told the magistrate.

Ms Speers returned to the court saying she had telephoned her father and he would immediately phone Mr Winning.

Mr Morrow gave Ms Speers permission to keep her mobile phone switched on in the courtroom to allow her father in Dubai to phone back and keep the court informed about what was going on.

Mr Speers then called his daughter from Dubai, saying he had spoken to the lawyer and for the court to phone Mr Winning.

In a telephone link-up with the court Mr Winning said Speers' father had instructed him from Dubai to represent his son.

Mr Winning said he had been requested to assess the legal position Speers was in.

He said he would need to read the material before the court and take legal instructions.

Speers, a New Zealand national, was before the court charged with three assaults causing bodily harm while armed in company at a Gladstone unit on Rollo St on December 4 and possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of a drug offence.

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece previously described the assaults on men at the unit as ferocious.

Mr Winning said it was in Speers' best interests to be patient and remain in custody, likely Capricornia, until a bail application could be made as his client was in "a show-cause" situation.

Mr Morrow confirmed that this was correct because police allegations before the court included the use of weapons such as hammers.

His bail application will now be made late next week.

On Monday afternoon Daniel Te Kapua Hare, 29, from Barney Point, was granted bail charged with three assaults causing bodily harm.

A third co-accused, Zarne Fraider, 34, was refused bail.

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