Man who stole car with three children inside granted bail
A MAN captured in Ipswich on a Victorian warrant for stealing a car with three young children inside has been granted bail to live in a supervised facility.
Police had to use stinger road spikes and then a taser to detain Scott Edward Redpath who allegedly pulled knives on police officers on Allandale Rd at Boonah, south of Ipswich, in July, 2012.
Mr Redpath was then allegedly involved in a pursuit 35km north to Rosewood-Warrill View Rd where the stingers were laid and the ute crashed into a fence.
He is allegedly wanted in Victoria for taking a young mother's station wagon - with three boys aged one, two and five inside - from outside a laundromat in country Victoria.
The boys later were allowed to get out and return to their mother but Mr Redpath allegedly drove the Falcon north and replaced it with another stolen car.
He is charged in Queensland with seriously assaulting police, going armed to cause fear and failing to provide a breath specimen.
The Mental Health Court is expected to make a hearing date to deal with these charges in the next four months.
Justice Peter Applegarth said he was concerned that if that court sent the case back to the criminal jurisdiction, then a conclusion in the matter could be a long time away.
He said Mr Redpath had already spent longer in custody than he was likely to be sentenced if found guilty of the charges he faced.
The Crown argued Mr Redpath still had an outstanding warrant for his arrest in Victoria and needed to be extradited back.
They argued the accused man had exhibited a violent disposition in the past and raised concerns he would endanger the safety of the public if released.
But barrister Carl Heaton, acting for Mr Redpath, said his client was on an involuntary treatment order, his mental health problems were being treated and the facility he would be released to had 24-hour supervision.
Justice Applegarth said Mr Redpath was itinerant, homeless and suffering from his mental health issues when he was arrested.
He granted bail after finding the supervision in the facility would reduce the risk of re-offending and provide a regime for the best treatment.
"The conditions here are apt to ensure he is medicated. He is effectively confined," he said.
"His prospects of addressing his mental health problems are better in a therapeutic environment than in jail."