Accused woman basher misses out on bail three times

Dean Middlebrook misses out on bail three times over multiple assault charges.
Dean Middlebrook misses out on bail three times over multiple assault charges. Trevor Veale

ACCUSED woman basher Dean Middlebrook has tried three times to get out of jail and three times his plea to be released has failed.

The Sunshine Coast man's latest attempt to live in Gympie while awaiting trial came before Brisbane Supreme Court Justice Peter Davis on Wednesday.

Mr Middlebrook is facing multiple charges over allegations he force-fed a woman water and that he choked, strangled, punched and slapped her, threatened her life and stalked her. 

The accused man has been on remand for just over eight months following the string of alleged assaults that the Crown says started in July 2016. 

From then to the end of February this year, Mr Middlebrook allegedly attacked the victim numerous times, breaching parole and bail conditions along the way. 

On Wednesday, Barrister James Coburn told Justice Peter Davis his client had served the same amount of time on remand as he could expect to serve in jail if he was convicted of the charges.

Mr Coburn said the prosecution had yet to indict his client and he did not know when that paperwork was going to be delivered.

"If he hasn't learnt (to stay away from the victim) by being in jail, then he will never will,” Mr Coburn said, adding his client would live with his parents or his sister while he "rebuilt” his business.

Mr Coburn said Mr Middlebrook would plead guilty to some charges but was still negotiating with the prosecutor's office on the counts of stalking and choking.

Justice Davis said Mr Middlebrook had not shown cause as to why he should be released, but it was "unsatisfactory” the Crown had not filed the appropriate paperwork.

He noted police also expected to charge the defendant with more offences.

"I'm going to take the plunge, I'm going to say this indictment needs to be presented next week,” Justice Davis said.

"If it is not presented first thing next week, you'll (Mr Middlebrook) will be back (to apply for bail) again, armed with another breach of an application by the Crown.” - NewsRegional

Topics:  assault court crime gympie sunshine coast woman

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