Bail for man who took drugs in jail

A TOOWOOMBA man who is accused of seriously assaulting a corrective services guard has been granted bail.

Stanley John Bartley, who is about 28 years old, applied for bail in Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Justice Jean Dalton said he had a "shocking criminal history” that was 11 pages long and involved drugs and violence.

But she said he would be on parole if he was granted bail.

The court heard Mr Bartley had been eligible for parole since April for another offence and that he was waiting for the assault charge to go through the court system.

He is accused of seriously assaulting a correctional officer in March this year.

Justice Dalton also said that Mr Bartley had twice tested positive to using drugs while behind bars.

"I agree that that very much heightens his risk of re-offending,” she said.

"Nonetheless, I think that his risk can be managed on bail. If he is granted bail now he will be released from prison but he will be on parole until the end of December 2016 so he will be drug tested on that parole.”

Justice Dalton also said Mr Bartley had already served four months behind bars after he was entitled to parole because of the coincidence in time between the assault on correctional officer and the offending he was sentenced to 12 months in jail for previously.

The court was told he could face a trial in the first half of next year.

"I think there is a serious risk that he will serve more time on remand if he is not granted bail now than he would when he is sentenced ... after a trial,” Justice Dalton said.

He was granted bail.

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