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Security tight as abduction accused faces court

Eden James Kane
Eden James Kane

SECURITY measures were bolstered at Bundaberg Magistrates Court as accused child abductor Eden James Kane faced court for the second day in a row.

Kane, 45, is accused of a abducting a three-year-old Childers girl and has been charged with deprivation of liberty, abducting a child under 16 and break and enter.

When Kane first entered court this morning, he gave a thumbs up and nodded reassuringly to a woman believed to be his mother.

Security was tight at the court with police searching and scanning people with metal detectors as they entered the room.

But the security measures were not enough to protect Kane from the abuse hurled at him from supporters of the alleged victim's family who became hostile as the short appearance came to an end.

During Kane's appearance, barrister Nick Larter negated earlier claims there was no duty lawyer available to assist Kane at his first court appearance on Wednesday.

"I telephoned the watch house (Wednesday) morning to see if Mr Kane required representation and I was told that he did not and would be represented (by another party)," Mr Larter said.

Mr Larter said statements which may have been made by Kane to police or at his court hearing on Wednesday could be the subject of Section 130 of the Evidence Act when the matter reached a higher court.

Also known at the Christie Discretion, this part of the act involves the exclusion of admissible prosecution evidence "which is more prejudicial than probative".

When asked if an application about the case could be made in closed court, Magistrate Deb Vasta said she would prefer not to at this stage.

"I think to close the court would just fuel speculation about this matter," Mrs Vasta said.

"I think we'll just let sleeping dogs lie and we'll adjourn this matter."

Mr Larter said Kane would not be applying for bail at this stage and the matter was adjourned to June 12.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Donna Sperling said the matter would take some time for police to prepare.

"We'd ask for at least eight weeks as it's going to be quite an extensive brief," Snr Const Sperling said.



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