Accused to spend Easter in jail cell

ON BAIL over an alleged home invasion in which a Gladstone man was injured, William Tai Speers is back in police custody after a breach of his bail conditions.

Appearing in the dock in a red rhino T-shirt, Speers, 37, whose father in Dubai had previously paid for his son's Rockhampton lawyer Doug Winning to represent him, told the court his father was no longer paying his legal bill and he has been refused legal aid.

The Boyne Island man faces three counts of assault causing bodily harm when in company, and unrelated drug offences.

Twice appearing before Gladstone Magistrates Court this week while held in Gladstone police watch house following his arrest, Speers explained to magistrate Mark Morrow who had asked what he wanted to do, he was unable to get a lawyer, but hopes to receive family funds.

"I spoke to some family and they are trying to get money together," he said.

"I haven't been given a chance to make a phone call.

"My first phone call was this morning."

Mr Morrow said that was a matter for the watch house keeper.

With no lawyer Speers was remanded in custody to Capricornia jail.

He will be back before court on Tuesday.



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