Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

$400,000 Surety Bond on Cards for Murder Accused

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

$400,000 Surety Bond on Cards for Murder Accused

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Byline: Hamish Broome hamish.broome@northernstar.com.au

THE man accused of the murder of Byron Bay DJ Chris Bradley will remain behind bars until a Supreme Court judge considers his case for bail.

Javen O'Neill, 24, faced Lismore Local Court about noon yesterday following his arrest on Thursday morning.

The general public was denied entry to the courtroom due to the courthouse being closed for the Christmas holidays.

It's understood that during the mention Mr O'Neill's lawyer made a bail application, which was opposed by police and the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Strict conditional bail was granted by the Local Court registrar, but in a dramatic twist, the prosecution lodged a stay of proceedings under Section 40 of the NSW Bail Act, effectively preventing Mr O'Neill's release.

Section 40 allows the prosecution to stay proceedings only in the most serious offences such as murder and child abuse, by elevating the bail decision to the Supreme Court. …

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