Violent home invasion accused throws chat outside court

This man becomes threatening outside Gladstone Magistrates Court.
This man becomes threatening outside Gladstone Magistrates Court.

ONE of three Gladstone men accused of taking part in a violent home invasion at a unit in Rollo St in which knives, a hammer and an axe handle were allegedly seen by residents, was back before the court charged with breaching his bail conditions.

Daniel Te Kapua Hare, 29, appeared before magistrate Jeffrey Clarke but in a telephone call to the court his lawyer Ali Rana from Go to Court Lawyers, said he was not aware of the charge today but was under the impression it had been dealt with.

Hare said he had not spoken to his lawyer and the matter was stood down until Hare went out of the court room to phone his legal representative.


Reconnected to the court some minutes later Mr Rana sought for Hare's bail matter to be adjourned, with Mr Clarke querying why, saying it was "a straightforward charge isn't it?"

Police prosecutor Gavin Reece agreed for it to be adjourned to allow time for the police brief of evidence to be supplied to Hare's legal representatives.

Mr Rana said he would be able to supply the court with evidence that the bail breach by Hare related to a medical emergency.

Hare is charged with three assaults causing bodily harm while armed/in company on December 4 ; possession of a knife; failing to dispose of a needle and syringe and other matters.

Last month Hare appeared before the court charged with drug offences and the at-times tearful New Zealand national was released into the care of his sister and mother.

His sister had flown in from New Zealand to care for him until his court matters are dealt with.

It was also requested that Hare hand his passport in to Gladstone Police.

In matters that may have been triggered by an argument over a motorbike, co-accused William Tai Speers, 37, charged with three assaults causing bodily harm while armed/in company, made a brief appearance and also faces four counts of drug possession; possession of utensils and property used in drug offences; and possession of property suspected of having been acquired to commit a drug offence.

Speers told the court his lawyer was not at court.

Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the police brief of evidence was not finalised and sought the matters to be adjourned until later this month.

Speers had been charged with drug offence last month after police went to his Boyne Island home and allege small amounts of methamphetamine, cannabis and a set of knuckledusters and throwing knives had been found.

In December when Speers sought bail following his arrest on the home invasion charges his sister at court phoned their father in Dubai to hire a lawyer Doug Winning.

A third co-accused in the alleged home invasion offences Zarne Fraider, 34, is bail refused.

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