Teen arrested outside Bay court after brother denied bail
UPDATE: A 19-YEAR-old man has been arrested outside the Hervey Bay courthouse for screaming abuse after his brother was denied bail on Monday morning.
The teen is believed to have been verbally abusing defence lawyer John Milburn who was representing his brother Kym David Baxter-Sayers.
Police said the teen was charged with committing public nuisance, issued a fine and released from the police station, which is next door to the courthouse.
During the court hearing, Mr Milburn told the court the defendant had been devastated by the death of his father last week, which may have sparked an alleged crime spree.
Baxter-Sayers broke down in the dock when magistrate Graeme Tatnell told the court the 24-year-old he was "too desperate" to be released on bail after he was accused of dousing himself, his car and his teenage brother with petrol after leading police on a chase through Howard on the weekend.
Mr Milburn said his client was feeling "extreme hurt and upset" when the alleged incidents took place.
Outside the courthouse, media crews took photos and filmed as Baxter-Sayers was led to the watchhouse.
When he saw the cameras, he ran away from his police escort and attempted to kick the photographer and camera operator under the metal screen.
Inside court, Mr Milburn said some of the charges laid by police, which ranged from possessing tainted property to assaulting police and drug-related charges, could be contested.
The lawyer had hoped to secure bail for his client so the man could attend the funeral of his father, due to be held on Thursday.
He also said his client would be able to better access mental health services if he was released.
But police objected to bail on the grounds that he might commit more offences and concerns that he might fail to appear in court at a later date.
Mr Tatnell told the man that the allegations against him were very serious.
"It's a very desperate man who would pour petrol on himself and his brother," he said.
"All I wanted to do was see my dead father," Baxter-Sayers interjected from the dock.
Mr Tatnell denied bail, saying that he felt that Baxter-Sayers was in a "desperate" state that was too much of a risk to the public.
Mr Tatnell said that if he was to attend his father's funeral, it would have to be arranged through other authorities.
Baxter-Sayers started crying and called out "I'm sorry mum" in the direction of his mother, who was in the public gallery.
He asked the magistrate if he could have three minutes to speak to his mother and Mr Tatnell told him that wouldn't be possible.
The case was adjourned until September 12.
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EARLIER: Two brothers allegedly set fire to their car at Howard on Saturday in an attempt to destroy evidence of a clandestine drug laboratory.
The men, 19 and 24, from Hervey Bay have been charged with more than a dozen offences.
The 24-year-old is in custody and due to appear in court on Monday.
Senior constable Dave Weber said the events unfolded after police tried to stop the car on Steley St, Howard, at 11.30am.
The 24-year-old allegedly led police on a pursuit out of town until the car started smoking and broke down on Government Rd.
When the men got out of the car, Snr Const Weber said, one of them allegedly "started pouring petrol on himself and on the car".
"They set fire to the car and ran off into the bush," he alleged.
Police followed and caught them a short time later.
During the brief stand-off in the bush, police allege, the 24-year-old claimed to be armed and held his brother hostage.
Meanwhile, police recovered items from the car alleged to have been used in the running of a clandestine drug laboratory.
The 24-year-old was charged with eight offences including possession of explosives, possession of drug utensils, possession of tainted property, serious assault, threatening violence and several traffic offences.
The 19-year-old was charged with possession of drug utensils, possession of a knife and assault and obstruct police.
He was bailed to face court next month.