Breaches put end to bail stint

A MILDURA man has learnt the import­ance of complying with bail conditions after multiple breaches resulted in his ­return to jail, where he will remain until at least next month.

Leigh Jack Jones’ self-represented bail application was refused when he faced Mildura Magistrates’ Court this week.

Police opposed bail, saying Jones was an unacceptable risk of reoffending and failing to appear if released.

Jones was arrested on February 6 for a raft of offences including allegedly stealing a projector, worth $5200, from Sunraysia Community Health Services (SCHS) and taking five bottles of collagen tablets from Chemist Warehouse.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Raef Oliver said at the time Jones was on bail and had been banned from the chemist after trying to fill a false prescription.

On those charges he was released on bail on February 15 and ordered to report three times a week, live at a pre-arranged address, and comply with conditions of the Court Integrated Services Program.

Sen-Constable Oliver told the court Jones had breached all conditions of his bail including failing to report on four occasions and committing further offences, including when he was intercepted by ­police on San Mateo Avenue and found to be in possession of .3 grams of heroin.

During his application, Jones said he had assisted police in returning the stolen projector to SCHS and on one of the failures to report claimed he had been ill and explained that to police at the earliest opportunity.

Jones said if released he had full-time employment and the support of his parents.

Magistrate Nunzio La Rosa said while Jones had a limited criminal history, there was a strong prosecution case against him and he had failed to show exceptional circumstances why he should be released.

He was remanded to reappear in court on May 1.

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