Accused man refused bail

A MAN who is facing a number of charges involving weapons was refused bail in the Gladstone Magistrates Court yesterday and was committed to stand trial for his alleged crimes.

Jason Ryan Felthouse has been in custody since June, after being arrested for a breach of parole.

The most serious charges Ryan faces arise from an alleged incident in Rockhampton on May 13 this year, while the lesser charges were allegedly carried out on September 29 last year.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Brad Reynolds told the court bail was strongly opposed due to the strength of the prosecution’s case.

Snr Const Reynolds told the court in the objection submission based on eyewitness statements, Felthouse had entered a premises and pointed the gun at an occupant, and had fired the gun the bullet narrowly missing a resident.

“He pointed the gun at ... and said where’s the ... money, you ... scum,” Snr Const Reynolds said.

Kenny and Partners defence solicitor Rio Ramos could not offer assurances her client would not reoffend if allowed into the community. “My client is willing to report to police daily, stick to a night curfew from 7pm to 6.30am, and any strict conditions imposed,” Ms Ramos said.

Magistrate Damian Carroll said there was a “very heavy onus” on the defendant to convince the court he was not a risk.

“In these circumstances I’m not satisfied the defendant has discharged the onus that rests on him,” Mr Carroll said.

Felthouse will face trial in the Gladstone District Court on a date yet to be set.

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