Man facing 81 charges applies for bail, stuns magistrate

THE man who allegedly led police on a two-week crime spree has told a court he wants to be home in time for Christmas.  

Michael Peter Strack, 36, attempted to apply for bail for 81 charges which he allegedly committed in the last two weeks in areas ranging from Brisbane up to the Fraser Coast.  

Strack's application for bail was quickly put on hold by an incredulous Magistrate Graeme Tatnell, who appeared visibly shocked by the request.  

"He is kidding me?" Mr Tatnell said.  

Defence lawyer Michael Riedel said he was acting on Strack's instructions when bringing the bail application forward. 

Strack, from the dock, told the court he wanted to be home in time for Christmas.  

The 36-year-old currently has no fixed address.  

While in the dock, Strack remained attentive, his eyes darting around the court-room while the case was heard.  

Mr Tatnell noted Strack was charged with 81 offences and more charges were expected to be added to the list in the coming days.  

The magistrate adjourned the matter until Friday morning.  

"Have a good think about it," Mr Tatnell said.  

Mr Tatnell told Strack that those who served time before sentencing often benefited from their time in custody.  

The entire proceedings took less than 10 minutes.  

Strack's charges include evading police, break and enter and a number of motor vehicle thefts.  

He will appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Friday morning.  

Topics:  bail application crime spree hervey bay hervey bay magistrates court

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