Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Bail on One Day Jail Next

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Bail on One Day Jail Next

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TWO men accused of breaking into the Mary Valley Heritage Railway on Wednesday night were arrested Thursday morning, given bail in Gympie Magistrates Court later that day but were back in custody on Friday.

Laurence John Betts, 19, of Tin Can Bay Road, Goomboorian and William John Dickson, 21, of Bruce Highway, Gympie, were both charged with breaking and entering to commit an indictable offence on August 12.

They were granted bail with residential and curfew conditions and when police checked up on them later that night Betts and Dickson were elsewhere. Betts was found at a friend's house and Dickson at the Gympie RSL.

Betts appeared distraught in the courthouse dock, pacing back and forth crying. "Please..." he begged the magistrate to let him out on bail for the second day in a row.

Magistrate Maxine Baldwin said it would be wise for Betts to wait until there was a lawyer on court duty to make the bail application for him because he only had one chance. …

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