Bail refused over taxi assault

LESS THAN two hours after being granted bail by a justice of the peace, a Maryborough teenager accused of assaulting a taxi driver was taken back into custody.

James Arthur Steyger is charged with one count of serious assault after he allegedly struck the 62-year-old taxi driver a number of times at 1am on Sunday so he and a female friend did not have to pay a $16 fare.

On Monday he was granted bail in the Maryborough Magistrates Court on conditions he stay with a family member in Maryborough and report to police three times a week.

Shortly after the court appearance, however, police found the Maryborough address given by Steyger was “not available for him to reside at”.

Steyger was taken back to court where the prosecution objected to bail again because “the only tie he had with Maryborough did not come through”, police prosecutor Steve Lord said.

JP Marc Atkins revoked bail and remanded Steyger to reappear later this month.



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