Bail decision for man who allegedly threatened a cop
A Whitsunday man accused of threatening police and coughing in a cop’s face as he claimed he had COVID-19 has been granted bail but he must wear an ankle bracelet and move house for his freedom.
Christopher Leigh Barratt has been in custody since his arrest on Saturday, January 9.
A bail application began on Tuesday but has been adjourned each day for more information.
The 37 year old is charged with assaulting and obstructing police, failing to comply with a COVID-19 public health direction, refusing to give access to electronic equipment and possessing used drug utensils.
It is alleged he coughed directly in the face of a police officer while claiming he had COVID and threatened an officer by saying “she’ll get what’s coming to her”.
Mackay Magistrates Court heard Mr Barratt lived near the officer he allegedly threatened and there were further allegations he made comments about knowing where she lived.
Mr Barratt lived in a caravan on a Jubilee Pocket property with his three dogs.
“Your bail has troubled me considerably over the past week,” Acting Magistrate John Aberdeen said.
“I wavered on both sides.”
Mr Aberdeen said there was a delicate balance between whether or not to grant or reject bail.
“On that basis I have to lean in favour of giving you bail,” Mr Aberdeen said.
“I give you that bail on the assumption that having spent this time in custody you don’t want to repeat what happened last weekend.”
“That’s correct,” Mr Barratt said over the videolink.
The court heard Mr Barratt had minimal criminal history, but he had been on bail for serious drug offending when he allegedly committed the new offences.
The court heard before Mr Barratt would be released on bail, he would be fitted with an ankle monitoring device.
He had been granted permission to return to the property he had been living, under police escort, to move his caravan to a new location.
Other bail terms include residential and reporting. His case has been adjourned to January 18 in Proserpine Magistrates Court to marry up with his other charges.