Gympie Magistrates Court and Registry. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times
Gympie Magistrates Court and Registry. Photo: Greg Miller / Gympie Times Greg Miller

Tears for Christmas as man led away

A YOUNG father sobbed, head in hands, in the dock of Gympie Magistrates Court on Monday.

A distraught young girl in the public gallery looked on, her face red with disbelief and tears.

They will not be having a family Christmas together this year. And that also means the man will miss his youngest daughter's first Christmas.

He will be in jail.

Magistrate M Baldwin said his previous record left her with no choice.

Repeat offending, with breaches of court orders including bail, probation, community service, an Intensive Correctional Order (a form of strictly supervised jail in the community) and suspended jail, made him a bad risk, Mrs Baldwin said.

She had no option but to remand him in custody until his next court appearance on January 19.

The man, 27, who cannot be named because his alleged offences involve breaches of domestic violence orders, looked at family members as he was led away.

He is also charged with stealing and committing similar repeat offences while on bail.

Mrs Baldwin said she could not be convinced the man did not pose a risk of re-offending, interfering with witnesses or failing to appear.

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