Stabbing accused walk free

Josh Baker.
Josh Baker.

THEY fronted the courtroom with rap sheets that could clog a printer but despite objections from police two convicted criminals accused of taking part in a New Year's Eve stabbing walked free this week.

Both Joshua Ian Baker and Peter Henderson are accused of knifing two men, who suffered spinal and facial injuries, in their front yard during a house party brawl.

Both have a history of violent offending, assaulting police, breaching bail and a range of other offences.

Both are also innocent until proven guilty but the community could be forgiven for wondering why two men who police believe are an unacceptable risk to those living here have been allowed to test their theory.

On Tuesday Baker, who had a broken jaw and damaged eye, fronted court charged with two counts of unlawful wounding, going armed to cause fear, two counts of common assault, wilful damage and breaching bail.

His defence argued he needed medical treatment and despite the fact Baker had been on bail for a grievous bodily harm charge, Hervey Bay Magistrate Graeme Tatnell allowed bail once more.

He was given strict reporting conditions and told he would not be allowed watchhouse bail again should he re-offend.

Yesterday Henderson, who is also charged with going armed to cause fear, two counts of unlawful wounding and wilful damage, fronted court.

Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Jeanette Grigoris strongly objected to bail.

She said Henderson was a repeat violent offender and listed more than 10 previous assault charges, which included serious assault of a police officer and various domestic violence order breaches.

Snr Const. Grigoris said police were concerned for the safety of the public and believed Henderson would continue to commit further offences.

As Mr Tatnell announced he would be allowing bail one last time the look of shock and elation on Henderson's face was met with one of exasperation from Snr Const. Grigoris.

Mr Tatnell told Henderson that “anyone who armed themselves doesn't deserve bail” and said further offending would result in him being locked away until he was dealt with in the district court.

Baker and Henderson will be out in the community until they join their co-accused, Russel Keith Baker and Brant Joseph Baker, in court on February 3.

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