Jeromy Lee Harris in action for Brisbane Strikers in 1999.
Jeromy Lee Harris in action for Brisbane Strikers in 1999.

Torture accused wants to head back to CQ on bail

THE former professional soccer player charged over the alleged torture of a woman wants to be bailed to a Yeppoon address.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard Jeromy Lee Harris was charged after his co-accused Nicholas John Crilley was allegedly seen leaving a Spring Hill hotel with the "complainant wrapped in a sheet or a blanket".

Justice Glenn Martin said on Thursday morning the Crown case against Harris was weak, and there was at this stage little evidence linking him to the woman's alleged torture and maiming.

Harris presented himself to a police station - behaviour "inconsistent with an intention to flee," the judge added.

Life imprisonment was the maximum penalty for the first two charges Harris faced - of unlawfully applying a destructive substance to the woman, and intentionally causing grievous bodily harm.

He was also charged with torture, unlawful deprivation of liberty, unlawful supply of a drug to Crillley, and unlawful supply to the alleged torture victim.

The drug involved was Xanax, the court heard.

Justice Martin ordered a police check on the bail address in Yeppoon. He was released on bail later in the day. 

"There is simply no evidence that connects him [to] the offending," defence lawyer Tony Glynn said.

"It would appear that the actual injuries were either in part or in whole caused at a hotel in Spring Hill."

Crown prosecutor Victoria Adams accepted there was "not a significant amount of evidence" linking Harris to some of the offending, but she said there were text messages of interest.

One allegedly said: "Bro do you need me to get any sh** from the chemist or anything to make it easier for her, let me know."

But the court also heard one text from Harris to Crilley stated: "I don't do this sh** and I won't do it."

The court heard allegations some offences occurred in the unit Harris was living in were also expected to feature in the Crown case.

Harris allegedly urged Crilley to use the Wickr encrypted messaging app.

The court also heard Crilley allegedly called the ambulance service "to have the complainant taken to hospital."

Mr Glynn said his client was first arrested on July 3 but was not charged with any offences that day.

The court heard having Harris bailed to Yeppoon would address any concerns about him interfering with witnesses in Brisbane.

News Corp Australia


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