Bundaberg stalker seeks bail ahead of appeal

A BUNDABERG man who was jailed for stalking an auto shop cashier is attempting to be released on bail pending an appeal to the state's highest court.

John Frederick Manning, 45, was found guilty in Bundaberg District Court last year of stalking offences surrounding his unwanted advances towards the female cashier, 22, between February 2012 and May 2013.

He was subsequently sentenced to 18 months behind bars.

Manning had previously indicated he would appeal the conviction in the Queensland Court of Appeal, but wanted to be released on bail pending that hearing.

Justice Ros Atkinson rejected Manning's first bid for freedom in Bundaberg Supreme Court last week, but he was not pleased with the decision and submitted a new bail application.

During the second application in Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday, Manning claimed aspects of the criminal code allowed him to file a new application.

Manning represented himself and sought an immediate adjournment because he had received the prosecution's outline objecting to his release just moments before the hearing.

Crown prosecutor Jane Shaw said there was nothing new in the material as it was the same outline used last week when Manning's bail application was initially refused.

Justice Martin Daubney told Manning he would need to demonstrate there had been a change in circumstances to warrant another bail application being in any way successful.

Justice Daubney adjourned the case to a date to be fixed.



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