Court orders no contact for couple

A COUPLE accused of cooking crystal meth in a Hervey Bay house have been ordered to have no contact with each other.

Anthony Lyle Mayberry, 39, was remanded in custody while his co-accused Melissa Jane Lucas, 34, was granted bail on strict conditions, one of those being that she not contact her de facto partner.

They both appeared in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court after being arrested on Tuesday at an Urraween house where police uncovered a working meth lab.

Mayberry faces four charges, including producing and possessing methyl amphetamine, while Lucas is accused of seven offences, including unlawful use of a motor vehicle and driving under the influence of drugs.

The two are Maryborough residents but it is understood the Main Street house where the drug lab was uncovered belonged to an acquaintance.

Police from Hervey Bay CIB went to the home for another matter and by chance discovered the illegal laboratory.

In court, Mayberry made no application for bail and will remain in custody.

It is alleged Lucas was driving a stolen car when she arrived at the scene on Tuesday. She had a 16-month-old child in the car.

Prosecutor Sergeant Kathryn Stagoll opposed Lucas’s bail, saying there were concerns for her own safety and that of the public.

She also said Lucas was at risk of reoffending, as she had admitted to a drug addiction.

Defence lawyer John Milburn said the case against Lucas, a former Bundaberg resident, was not strong but the court heard she was already on probation.

Acting Magistrate Dennis Beutel ordered Lucas not to have any contact with her partner and not to consume any alcohol or drugs while on bail.

He further ordered her to not be in any premises where non-prescription drugs were found and to not drive any motor vehicles.

“Ms Lucas, the conditions are strict but they are strict for a reason,” Mr Beutel said.

Mayberry and Lucas will face court again on April 22.



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