Emma Channon

Anger at crimes by bailed

THE effectiveness of bail has been thrust into the spotlight, following allegations a Warwick man committed a number of drug offences this week, while on bail for a home invasion.

During the past 12 months, the Rose City has seen a number of people reoffend while on bail, including an 18-year-old girl who assaulted a fellow teenager, while on bail for a more serious assault.

Although the breaches are no doubt frustrating for both the police and the courts, a solution is unclear.

Former Warwick policeman Garry Briscoe said while he understood first-hand the frustrations of watching offenders walk into the community to do the same thing again, denying bail was not the answer.

Mr Briscoe, who served on the police force for 20 years, said each case should be judged on its circumstances and the accused offenders deserved an opportunity to remain free until their matter was heard in court.

"I don't begrudge them getting bail," he said.

"If they are let out on bail, that is their first chance and if they reoffend while on bail, they shouldn't get another chance and should be remanded in custody until their court appearance.

"But I understand it can be very frustrating to watch people reoffend, especially when it's not just once but again and again."

Mr Briscoe said in his experience it was the younger offenders, facing minor charges who were more likely to offend. "I don't know whether it is because they have no respect for the law or they just don't care," he said.



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