Man accused of rape threats to kids stunned by bail refusal

A MIDDLE-AGED man accused of threatening to rape young students appeared stunned by a magistrate's decision to refuse him bail.

The 52-year-old faces charges of assault with intent to rape, trespassing and two counts of threatening violence.

Queensland law prevents the man being named until his case progresses to a higher court.

It was alleged the man entered a primary school in Bellbird Park last Wednesday at 11.20am, approached a group of students and threatened to rape them.

It was further alleged he grabbed an 11-year-old female student's arm with intent to rape her.

He appeared in the dock at the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday, to apply for bail.

In rejecting his application, Magistrate Donna MacCallum said the man posed an "unacceptable risk" to the community.

After Ms MacCallum gave her ruling, the man asked if he could go home and seemed baffled when told he couldn't.

"What do you mean, I've been released, haven't I?" he said as he was taken back into custody.

Ms MacCallum had said there were "valid" concerns about the man, who appeared to have been diagnosed with mental issues in the past.

"These are serious charges," she said.

"In my view there is a concern this man would commit further offences of a similar nature which are clearly quite distressing for the young people involved.

"I think there is some prospect he could interfere with witnesses if he were released."

The matter was adjourned to August 12, where the man will appear via video link from prison.

 



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