Bail terms eased for assault case

A WOMAN accused of taking part in an attack that left a man with broken bones was granted a change to her bail conditions in the Lismore Local Court yesterday.

Helen May Walsh, 36, faces charges of assaulting the man in Byron Bay on July 1.

Police allege she and Benjamin Morris Atkins, 24, went to a unit in Bangalow Road where they held the man against his will for five hours and bashed him.

They are both charged with intentionally causing grievous bodily harm.

Atkins is also charged with taking or detaining the 48-year-old man with intent to gain advantage.

After the alleged assault, it is alleged the victim was driven to Beech Drive, in nearby Baywood Chase, and left on a nature strip.

He was treated for head injuries, two fractured eye sockets, a broken nose, a spinal fracture, a broken arm, a broken leg and six fractured ribs.

Walsh sought an easing of her bail conditions so she could visit Tenterfield and make a music video at a studio there.

The court was told she had booked the studio for much of August, but had to cancel because of how often she had to report to Byron Bay police.

Legal aid lawyer Ben Cochrane told the court Walsh was not a flight risk and intended defending the charges.

Magistrate Robyn Denes questioned Walsh’s lack of detailed business plans regarding the studio time.

She granted Walsh a variation in bail terms, allowing her to report to Byron Bay police on Mondays and Thursdays, and also travel to Tenterfield for her work.

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