Bail – Family Violence
Application for Bail – Melbourne Magistrates Court. Application opposed by the prosecution.
Our client had been remanded in custody, following multiple alleged breaches of Family Violence Intervention Orders and charges of Theft, Burglary and Threats to Kill.
Attempts to negotiate bail had been unsuccessful and we were instructed to formally apply for bail in the Melbourne Magistrates Court. We were advised that the prosecution would be opposing our application.
We moved the application and the Informant (police officer) was called to give evidence. The Informant was firmly of the view that our client was at an unacceptably high risk of further offending and of interfering with the police witnesses.
Following cross-examination of the Informant, they conceded that the client had significant mental health issues and a very supportive family that could assist. Following submissions made in support of the application, the Magistrate granted bail. This was subject to conditions relating to residence, handing in of passport, non-interference with witnesses and weekly reporting to the police.