Police at the scene of the Christmas Day crash. Picture: AAP/John Gass
Police at the scene of the Christmas Day crash. Picture: AAP/John Gass

Bail revoked: Driver ‘unacceptable risk to community’

THE man charged over a Christmas Day crash that killed a mother and her daughter in Brisbane is back in custody after a magistrate revoked his bail.

Mark Veneris is accused of being behind the wheel of a car that slammed into another vehicle on Manly Rd at Manly West, killing Karin Tritton and her 18-year-old daughter Makayla, as they made their way to Christmas lunch.

Veneris, 46, was charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing grievous bodily harm.

Magistrate Christine Roney said there was an unacceptable risk to the community if he was allowed to stay on bail.

 

 

Makayla and Karin Tritton died in the Manly West crash. Picture: Living&Loving Photography
Makayla and Karin Tritton died in the Manly West crash. Picture: Living&Loving Photography

 

"The defendant's behaviour has indicated an extraordinary level of recklessness and disregard," she said.

She noted Veneris had a "not particularly flattering, but not extreme traffic history".

Mr Fleming said his client was "remorseful to the extreme".

"He is desperately sad about the consequences," he said.

"His attitude is such that he is going to see this through ... and accept any consequences that come his way".

 

 

Flowers at the scene of the Manly West crash that killed Karin and Makayla Tritton. Picture: AAP/Richard Walker
Flowers at the scene of the Manly West crash that killed Karin and Makayla Tritton. Picture: AAP/Richard Walker

Karin's husband Laurence Tritton and another daughter, 23-year-old Tarmeka, were injured in the Christmas Day crash. A funeral for Karin and Makayla was scheduled for 11am today.

Veneris did not appear in the Wynnum Magistrates Court this morning, his first court date since his bedside hearing on Boxing Day.

He was represented by barrister Ken Fleming QC, who earlier said Veneris was "close by", but not in the courtroom.

Magistrate Christine Roney earlier said she had the power to revoke Veneris' bail considering the seriousness of the allegations and because more charges were likely to be laid.

She said there was a "high likelihood" he would serve a jail term if found guilty.

"I don't want to consider this matter lightly," Ms Roney said before making her decision on the bail.

Makayla Tritton was in the back of the car with her family of four, travelling to Christmas lunch.
Makayla Tritton was in the back of the car with her family of four, travelling to Christmas lunch.

"It appears to me that I have power to make a different order in relation to bail and that includes revocation of bail."

The court was told a forensic order had recently been made for a drug pipe allegedly found in Veneris' car.

 

The Tritton family was on their way to Christmas lunch before the crash. Picture: AAP/Richard Walker
The Tritton family was on their way to Christmas lunch before the crash. Picture: AAP/Richard Walker

Police have alleged it was still warm when it was found after the crash and the prosecutor told the court the investigation was ongoing, with toxicology results pending.



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