Monkland ice house in alleged attempted murder

AN APPLICATION for bail by accused attempted murderer Glen Reginald Francis has revealed the drug-fuelled night that led up to an alleged brutal attack with a hammer at Monkland.

For the first time, Gympie Magistrates Court heard arguments for Mr Francis who, according to the prosecution, smashed a hole in a man's skull on June 8.

The bloody attack happened after Francis, the victim and another man allegedly drove to Hervey Bay for a drug-related pick-up before returning to a Monkland home to allegedly cook and smoke drugs.

The court heard the victim required emergency surgery in Brisbane.

Magistrate M Baldwin said there had been a "suggestion he (the victim) would have died without the emergency surgery".

DNA taken from a hammer found inside a car outside the Monkland residence was matched to the victim, and police were able to recover DNA from inside the home despite a clean-up in the kitchen and laundry.

The court heard that a load of towels were washing when police arrived.

Mr Francis, who was initially charged with assault occasioning grievous bodily harm before the charge was upgraded to attempted murder on August 11, made no comment during his appearance by video link.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service solicitor Alan Korobacz said it would be a lengthy wait before his client faced trial in the Supreme Court and that it was "not just" to keep him in jail in the meantime.

He said the case against his client was based on "scant" police evidence.

Mr Korobacz pointed out the lack of independent witnesses to the assault.

The court heard that numerous witnesses at the house on the night of the alleged attack declined to give police statements.

One of them allegedly claimed he would be "dead" if he did.

Ms Baldwin disagreed with Mr Korobacz's argument, saying the prosecution's case was "quite solid".

She said Mr Francis, who had worked on a fishing trawler, had a significant history in Western Australia and had only been in Queensland a month before the assault occurred.

Ms Baldwin said Mr Francis had a history of violence and failing to appear in court.

Mr Francis was remanded in custody to appear in court again on October 27.

Gympie Times

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