Curtis Island worker wanted since 2005 is denied bail
A MAN sought by police since 2005 has finally landed in a courthouse, appearing in Gladstone Magistrates Court on Tuesday afternoon.
Darren Thomas McArthur was denied bail after appearing from the dock, where his matters - five charges including two counts of unlawful stalking, one breach of a bail undertaking, a public nuisance offence and one charge of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence - were heard for the first time.
The court heard police had originally sought to apprehend McArthur in 2005 but were unable to locate the defendant.
Six years later, in 2011, McArthur was nabbed by officers in Childers for a public nuisance offence.
However, he failed to appear in court in Childers, opting to flee back to the Northern Territory to avoid court proceedings.
After allegedly following the subject of his harassment and stalking charges back to Gladstone, McArthur presented himself to police for his appearance in court on Tuesday.
Police prosecutor Mick O'Rourke opposed McArthur's bail application, saying the defendant posed an unacceptable risk of committing further offences and was a great flight risk.
"The defendant has followed the victim from Northern Territory to Gladstone and made serious threats," Prosecutor O'Rourke said.
"He is an unacceptable risk, primarily in flight."
The man, who allegedly sent 142 texts to his victim, is currently working on Curtis Island and his defence solicitor Sharon Kang said there were "no significant reasons for him to abscond from Gladstone".
McArthur, originally from Darwin, had been residing in Gladstone for a month before his appearance this week.
Magistrate Russell Warfield denied bail to the defendant, explaining that he had committed an offence under the Bail Act and had to show cause why his detention in custody was not justified.
"You are now a gross flight risk," Mr Warfield said.
McArthur's matters were adjourned to April 8 for further mention.