Easier in jail accused tells court

A MAN who has spent half his adult life in jail has told the court life is easier for him on the inside.

Forty-year-old Shane Alan Maher found himself in custody again after allegedly breaking a security door at Maryborough Hospital's mental health unit.

He told the court he had gone there for help because he was having trouble coping post-release.

“I've spent 10 of the last 11 years of my life in jail,” Maher said.

“Jail is like my home. I can't survive out here.

“I want to turn my life around.

“I want to put in the effort. I've been seeking help everywhere.

“There's no help for us out here.

“It's easier for me in jail.”

Maher allegedly damaged the security door on August 26.

He was also charged with breaching his bail conditions by not reporting to police as required every Monday and Wednesday.

Maher represented himself in Maryborough Magistrates Court, before Justice of the Peace Kerri Sawtell.

He said he had gone to counselling and hoped to attend a rehabilitation centre in Bundaberg if released on bail.

Ms Sawtell, however, denied bail and said there was an unacceptable risk that Maher would reoffend if released.

She adjourned his matters for mention in the court on September 20.

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