Brett Wortman

Man accused of Kuttabul stabbing was injured in custody

THE South Australian man accused of the attempted murder of a young mother at Kuttabul is receiving treatment for injuries sustained in custody.

Jason Wayne Greatbatch, 35, had been remanded to the Capricornia Correctional Centre since his arrest in relation to the incident.

Yesterday the Mackay Magistrates Court was told Greatbatch was at Brisbane in hospital for surgery to injuries to his face.

The injuries had been sustained while Greatbatch was in custody, defence solicitor Geoff Govey, who acted as town agent, said.

Greatbatch is charged with the attempted murder of Teagan Moore at Kuttabul on December 28, 2015.

He is also charged with one count each of acts intended to maim/disfigure/disable, common assault and enter dwelling with intent at night.

Mr Govey asked the matter be set down for a bail application on January 21.

Greatbatch was not required to appear for yesterday's brief mention. However, he would be required to appear via video link for the bail application.

It is unknown how Greatbatch sustained the injuries. A Queensland Corrective Services spokesperson said that due to privacy legislation they were unable to discuss the circumstances of individual prisoners. There had been no assault incident recorded at Capricornia in relation to this matter.


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