He failed to report seven times under Child Protection Act

AFTER moving to Mackay to "get away" from people in Rockhampton, a man could find himself returning to prison.

Initial confusion and a "snowball" effect were given as the reasons Alec Lindsay Hayes failed to report changes to police seven times under the Child Protection (Offender) Reporting Act.

Released from the Capricornia Correctional Facility in December last year, Mr Hayes moved to the Ozcare Men's Hostel in Rockhampton. Under the Act, he was required to tell the authorities he had been released from prison, but hadn't because "he wasn't aware", defence barrister Phillip Moore told the Mackay Magistrates Court.

Mr Moore said Mr Hayes was confused about his reporting requirements and later told him he "had a conversation with an officer who told him about his responsibilities".

"At that stage he became worried that he'd already breached and (it) became a cyclical situation where he was scared to contact the authorities because he knew he'd mucked up," Mr Moore said.

Mr Hayes had moved to Mackay's Ozcare hostel earlier this year to "get away from people he knew in Rockhampton", Mr Moore said, but once again had failed to tell the authorities his new address.

On February 11 he was also found with a used syringe in his bag which he admitted had been used to inject meth.

Mr Hayes pleaded guilty to seven counts of failing to report, one count of improperly disposing of a syringe, and one count of having a used pipe.

Magistrate Damien Dwyer said he would take into account Mr Hayes had made a plea as early as possible and would be sentencing him on March 30.



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