Bail for teen accused of bashing
A 19-YEAR-OLD man yesterday fronted court charged with the assault of a taxi driver in Maryborough at the weekend.
James Arthur Steyger allegedly bashed the 62-year-old man at 1am on Sunday so he and a female friend did not have to pay a $16 fare.
He was yesterday granted bail in the Maryborough Magistrates Court despite strong objection from police prosecutor Steve Lord.
Senior Constable Lord said several people had allegedly seen Steyger strike the driver in the head a number of times at the corner of Richmond and Ellena streets before fleeing the scene with the female.
He said the injuries to the elderly driver were so severe the prosecution might upgrade the charge of serious assault to grievous bodily harm.
Snr Const. Lord noted that police also had concerns Steyger might be at risk of leaving Qld to return to Western Australia to work.
Defence lawyer Trinity McGarvie disputed Steyger was a flight risk, however, and said her client had “strong ties” to Maryborough. “He has lived in Maryborough for 19 years,” she said. His uncle is Les MucKan, a Fraser Coast councillor.”
As part of his bail, Steyger will have to report to the Maryborough police station three times a week and live with a family member in Maryborough.
He will reappear in court at the end of the month.