Banora man to wait in jail

A BANORA Point man has been remanded in custody after being arrested in relation to child sex offences dating back to 2001.

The 49-year-old was arrested yesterday by police acting on a warrant for his arrest to face three charges of aggravated sexual assault.

The alleged assaults relate to a child under the age of 16.

Police opposed bail at Murwillumbah Local Court yesterday, with prosecutor Sergeant Bob Hanzic describing the man’s criminal history as “nothing short of shocking”.

Sgt Hanzic said the man had a history of violence, including domestic homicide and a personal history of not complying with court orders.

The court heard the man had been indicted on a charge of murder in 1997 and later convicted of manslaughter. Sgt Hanzic said police held concerns for the safety of the young victim, should the alleged offender be released on bail.

Duty solicitor Carl Edwards said some words in the man’s favour, but acknowledged he couldn’t detract from the man’s history, which included an incident where he had failed to appear at court.

Magistrate Michael Dakin said bail could only be granted in an exceptional case, and the man’s case was not exceptional.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Lismore Local Court by video-link on June 8.

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