STUCK IN JAIL: tourist unable to post bail

A 29-YEAR-OLD Irish traveler working in Australia will remain in jail unless someone he has met in the Trangie district comes forward with $500 bail surety.

Alan Richard Roche, 29, was arrested after an alleged assault at Gin Gin, near Trangie.

He appeared handcuffed in Dubbo Local Court on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault, affray, entering a building with intent to commit an indictable offence and stalking and intimidating with intent to cause fear of physical or mental harm.

Not guilty pleas were entered by a Legal Aid solicitor. Police allege Roche instigated a fight after losing his job and made threats that ended in a “punch-up’’.

The prosecution opposed bail and described Roche as a flight risk.

“He is no longer employed and is wanted on arrest warrants in Queensland,’’ the prosecutor said.

Legal Aid said Roche was expecting a tax return and could lodge $1000 as bail security. 

He was prepared to surrender his passport, remain in NSW and not approach any point of international departure.

“He could enter into an agree-ment not to drink alcohol and would report to police daily,’’ Legal Aid said.

Magistrate Eckhold said Roche was entitled to bail “if he could meet certain criteria’’.

“The prosecution case is strong and police have presented a very detailed fact sheet,’’ Magistrate Eckhold said.

“The ultimate penalty may well be jail. Your ties to the community are limited and there are concerns about whether you would come back to court.

“I would require an independent person to lodge $500 surety, with security, in addition to $1000 surety from yourself, without security.

“If bail conditions can be met you would be required to hand your passport to NSW police within 12 hours of release. You would be required to report to police daily at Trangie, be of good behaviour and not approach the alleged victim or witnesses.’’

Magistrate Eckhold ordered the prosecution to complete a brief of evidence by September 12. 

All charges were adjourned to September 26.

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