Trawler fisherman accused of choking sex worker, 64

A TRAWLER fisherman accused of choking an aging sex worker and robbing her at a Hervey Bay motel has been allowed bail.

Jason Bowley had been in custody since he was arrested on Tuesday and charged with the attack of a 64-year-old woman.

His co-accused, Duddley Waterton, was returned to prison for allegedly breaching parole but Mr Bowley was kept at the Hervey Bay watch house pending the outcome of a mental assessment and confirmation of a bail release address.

Dressed in shredded pants and with his underwear fully exposed, an agitated Bowley appeared in court adamant he wanted to "just get out" to seek medical attention despite the absence of any evidence in the mental health report that he was suffering from a condition.

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During an earlier appearance, Mr Bowley was heard to yell out "f**k this s**t" while waiting for the proceedings to progress.

Magistrate Graeme Tatnell asked why he should still allow bail to which Bowley replied he was "sorry" for acting out.

His lawyer, John Milburn, told the court he planned to contest the charges.

Police Prosecutor Jeanette Grigoris strongly objected to bail on the grounds Bowley posed a risk to the community.

It was alleged Bowley had been identified by the victim on a photo board line up and one of his friends had admitted to police that his phone had been used to contact the sex worker.

Bowley's girlfriend told the court he could stay at her house. Bail was granted on the grounds Bowley submit to random alcohol and drug testing.

Bowley and Waterton are each charged with enter with intent and robbery with violence.

They will return to court in January.



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