The mother of a man charged over allegedly threatening a Surfers Paradise nightclub patron with a fake handgun told a court she would ‘tie up’ her son so he did not break his curfew.
Jim Stokes, 23, of Surfers Paradise, was granted bail in Southport Magistrates Court yesterday on strict conditions, including that he live with his mother, abide by a 9pm curfew and stay out of the Surfers Paradise nightclub precinct.
THE teenager charged with stabbing her best friend in the neck will be free to fly back to New Zealand tomorrow while the glassing victim spends Christmas in hospital undergoing surgery.
The parents of 19-year-old Danielle Armstrong were yesterday frantically opening Australian bank accounts and transferring $20,000 bail money from New Zealand so their daughter could be released from custody to fly back to Auckland with them tomorrow.
CHARGES brought against a Brisbane man whose ski boat ran over and killed a friend’s child have been dismissed by a Maryborough magistrate.
Jeffrey Ussher, 25, and his family and supporters wept with relief after magistrate John Smith ruled in a late court sitting last night that he should not have to stand trial for the dangerous operation of a vessel.
FINKS bikie Sacha Kahled Nachouki has been ordered to hand over a $50,000 cash surety to the court before he was allowed bail on charges of fraud and extortion.
The 37-year-old Paradise Point man is facing charges of extortion, fraud and failing to answer questions at an Australian Crime Commission hearing.
The appearance of “international playboy” Paolo Liuzzo in Southport Magistrates Court sparked a media frenzy. Bill Potts appeared for Mr Liuzzo at his plea. (Courier Mail 4/11/09)
by Renee Redmond, court reporter – Courier Mail 4/11/09
American playboy Paolo Liuzzo waved his chequebook to get himself out of trouble after refusing to do community service on the Gold Coast as punishment for a series of crimes.
DRUG lords, outlaw bikies and paedophiles are free to ply their evil trades in Queensland after the Supreme Court effectively shut down the state’s top organised crime fighting body.
In a decision that has rocked the Crime and Misconduct commission, one of its key powers has been ruled illegal by the court.
The shock judgement means the CMC can no longer use its blanket powers to hold secret “star chamber” hearings into specific organised crime and paedophilia offences and force witnesses to testify under threat of jail.
Bill Potts comments to the Gold Coast Bulletin about the increasing need for extra Judges in the Southport District Court. (Gold Coast Bulletin – 13/11/12)
Southport District Court judges cleared a whopping 448 criminal cases in 2011-12 but still have 192 matters outstanding, a scenario which plagues the justice system across the state, according to a report.