Blake Surch on his way into court from the watchhouse.
Blake Surch on his way into court from the watchhouse.

Teenager 'targeted officer'

A WARWICK teenager accused of enacting a deliberate attack on a Warwick policeman was refused bail yesterday.

Blake Nicholas Surch will spend almost two weeks behind bars as he awaits his next court appearance.

When the 17-year-old appeared in Warwick Magistrates Court his defence law

yer made an application for bail on his behalf.

Bail was formally opposed by Police Prosecutor Steve de Lissa, who told the court police believed Surch was an unacceptable risk of both failing to appear and re-offending.

Police will allege Surch deliberately targeted a Warwick police officer at his home last Friday, with the intention to menace and harass the officer.

Surch is charged with wilful damage, public nuisance and obstructing police relating to the incident.

The teenager is also facing a separate charge, which alleges that he fraudulently gained $90 cash for himself on May 25.

The court heard Surch voluntarily surrendered himself to police yesterday.

Senior Constable de Lissa told the court that the alleged attack on the police officer was "alarming" for both the officer involved and the wider community.

"It is quite concerning that someone is actively targeting and harassing police in this manner," Snr Const de Lissa said.

Surch's lawyer denied that his client was likely to fail to appear.

THE defence lawyer said Surch could reside 40 minutes out of town and abide by a curfew until his next court appearance.

He also requested the matter be adjourned to Toowoomba later this month, to coincide with another pending public nuisance charge.

Magistrate Graham Lee rejected the bail conditions proposed and ordered Surch be kept behind bars.

"I am satisfied you would be an unacceptable risk of offending, despite the conditions put before me," Mr Lee told Surch.

The teenager will remain behind bars until his appearance in Toowoomba Magistrates Court on June 18.



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