'There's no way I'd get into a rehab' man tells court

AN ALLEGED drug addict tried to convince a supreme court justice that he should be released on bail, but was unsuccessful.

Wade Anthony Bartz, 42, applied for bail at Brisbane Supreme Court on Tuesday but was refused because he did not properly show how he could rehabilitate from drugs.

Mr Bartz, who is from Morayfield and is believed to have lived at Lowood previously, argued he had served sufficient time in custody and had been on remand for offences that had not reached any form of resolution.

As part of his bail application, Mr Bartz suggested living with his parents and visiting a GP to access counselling, being drug tested and reporting to police.

But Justice John Byrne said no specific counselling program had been identified. He also said it was not clear who would pay for drug testing and it was not outlined what the consequences would be if Mr Bartz tested positive.

Justice Byrne also said if Mr Bartz did not go into residential rehabilitation, he would likely find a way to get meth and if he did, there was a prospect he would commit other offences.

But Mr Bartz said his family had tried to make inquiries about getting him into rehab and that his violent history and need for pain medication would preclude him from being accepted.

"There's no way I'd get into a rehab," Mr Bartz said.

"Well, staying at home with your parents is no solution to the problem; you're too great of a danger..." Justice Byrne said.

Mr Bartz allegedly committed an indictable offence while on bail for other alleged indictable offences.

It was not mentioned what these offences were but Justice Byrne said Mr Bartz's recent problem was because of his addiction to meth.

"The high probability is that if admitted to bail, he would revert quickly to meth use and by doing so, expose the community to the risk that he would commit further offences," Justice Byrne said.

He dismissed Mr Bartz's bail application. - ARM NEWSDESK


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