Generous police pay drunks bail

WHEN asked by the Gympie magistrate why police gave cash bail to drunks in small change, police prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Manns said any more and it would send officers broke.

The question came after Magistrate Maxine Baldwin forfeited a Maroochydore man’s cash bail of 50 cents when she dealt with his matter in his absence.

Glen John Davies, 47, of Anzac Avenue, was charged on March 3 in Gympie for being drunk in a public place.

“Why 10 cents or 50 cents? Couldn’t it at least be $10?” Mrs Baldwin asked.

Snr Const Manns said most of the time the offenders were chronic alcoholics with no money on them so officers bailed them out.

“It’s one of those public services we do,” she said.

Gympie Times


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