Man avoids jail after breaching bail five times

BREAKING his bail conditions for the fifth time in as many months, Matthew Alan Kennedy's nervousness at the bench of Gladstone Magistrates Court this week was palpable.

With his head in his hands and wiping tears from his eyes, Kennedy was awaiting the words that would mean he was going to jail.

The defendant, on bail for several charges pertaining to the possession and supply of dangerous drugs, vowed to Magistrate Penelope Hay that the message had finally sunk in.

On January 4, Kennedy, who had a curfew imposed on him to not leave his Kianga St premises in Barney Point, could not be located at the house when officers knocked on the front door.

Kennedy, 18, claimed he was asleep at the back of the property at the time.

Police prosecutor Vaughan Cooper recommended the defendant have his bail revoked.

"This is a young gentleman who merely will not comply with the bail conditions set before the court," he said.

When Magistrate Hay asked Kennedy if he understood the seriousness of his breach and how close he had come to landing himself behind bars, the defendant replied, "Yes, 100%."

"You are in a precarious position," Magistrate Hay warned Kennedy.

"You are not a child anymore, we are not talking about not handing your homework in."

She warned the defendant that one further breach would immediately see him calling jail home.

A conviction was recorded for Kennedy and he was not further punished.

The visibly relieved defendant patted his legal representative Jun Pepito on the back as he left the courtroom.



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