Cairns police arrested a French tourist on a city rooftop on Aplin St on April 29, 2020. A bag the man dropped earlier in the chase was found to contain cannabis and cash.
Cairns police arrested a French tourist on a city rooftop on Aplin St on April 29, 2020. A bag the man dropped earlier in the chase was found to contain cannabis and cash.

Backpacker granted bail after bizarre rooftop arrest

AN UNEMPLOYED French backpacker who allegedly scaled a building to flee from police has been granted bail despite only arriving in Cairns five days ago, with no job prospects and an allegation his only source of income was drug supply.

Firefighters had to be called in with a cherry picker to allegedly remove Amin Djamani Bouhassoun, 24, from the roof of an Aplin St building in the CBD at 9pm on Wednesday.

Police allegedly seized a bag he dropped at the scene containing cash and cannabis.

Cairns police arrested a French tourist on a city rooftop on Aplin St on April 29, 2020. A bag the man dropped earlier in the chase was found to contain cannabis and cash.
Cairns police arrested a French tourist on a city rooftop on Aplin St on April 29, 2020. A bag the man dropped earlier in the chase was found to contain cannabis and cash.

The Cairns Magistrates Court heard yesterday Mr Bouhassoun was ordered to surrender his passport and not approach an international departure point as part of his bail conditions, before telling the court he doesn't want to leave Australia. "I want to stay here," he said.

Magistrate Trevor Black queried his income and job prospects which would likely be limited during the virus crisis.

"The proceeds (of crime charge) seem to suggest … Mr Bouhassoun's capacity to earn an income might be subject to illegal activity," he said.

"The concern is Mr Bouhassoun has a propensity for evading police. It appears he is in breach of bail conditions in New South Wales. He is transient. He has no source of income other than the suspected proceeds of crime."

Mr Bouhassoun is charged with unregulated high-risk activities, trespassing, obstructing police, possession of dangerous drugs, possession of a thing used in the commission of a crime and possession of property suspected of being the proceeds of crime.

The court heard he was living in a Grafton St hostel.

"I understand him to be living off savings," duty solicitor Michael Finch said.

The backpacker was granted bail with the case adjourned until May 14.



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