GOING to Melbourne for a weekend in breach of bail conditions has led to a Port Fairy man being remanded in custody for almost a month.
Justin Turner, 28, of Elizabeth Street, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court last week, with police applying to revoke his bail.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt decided to remand Mr Turner in custody until he is next due to face court on September 17.
Senior Constable Glenn McDuff, of Port Fairy police, told the court that Mr Turner had been on bail after being charged with a number of offences.
He said police alleged that at 3am on August 3 Mr Turner allegedly smashed his way into Leskes Jewellers in Port Fairy’s Bank Street and stole three watches valued at almost $600.
The crime was caught on security cameras and footage from the Caledonian Hotel earlier in the evening showed Mr Turner in the same clothes as the offender.
Mr Turner’s bail conditions included a curfew, he live with his mother and that he not drink alcohol.
On August 15, Port Fairy police station received a warrant for Mr Turner’s arrest.
Senior Constable McDuff said officers went to Mr Turner’s home the next day but he was not there and his mother told police he had gone to Melbourne.
Officers returned on Saturday night, but again Mr Turner was not home.
Police arrested Mr Turner on Auguts 19 and was found to have a blood-alcohol reading of .062.
The court head that Mr Turner’s next court date was on September 17 and he had been charged in relation to a serious assault.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said it seemed that Mr Turner only needed to consume alcohol to be involved in offending.
Mr Klestadt said the accused appeared to have breached a number of his bail conditions.
He said there were no conditions that would give him confidence Mr Turner would not continue to offend.
“He has forfeited his right to bail through his conduct,” Mr Klestadt said.