New bail ‘safeguard’ for Annie Smith’s former carer
The former carer who allegedly left Ann Marie Smith to die in squalid conditions has been allowed to change her bail, but only after a court imposed conditions "safeguarding" the investigation.
On Thursday, the Adelaide Magistrates Court agreed to vary Rosemary Maione's home detention bail, which allows her to live at Hectorville under electronic monitoring.
Stephen Ey, for Maione, said prosecutors did not oppose the changes sought by his client - as they had been the subject of discussions prior to court.
"They have suggested some conditions … these conditions can be incorporated into the bail agreement," he said.
Prosecutors agreed, telling the court they were seeking to include "safeguards" because SA Police's investigations were "ongoing".
No details of the changes, nor of the "safeguards", were discussed in court.
Maione, 69, has yet to plead to one count of manslaughter filed following a painstaking investigation by a 17-strong Major Crime task force, dubbed "Giles".
Ms Smith, 54, died in Royal Adelaide Hospital on April 6, the day after Ms Maione called an ambulance to Ms Smith's Kensington Park home.
It is alleged Maione left Ms Smith living in a putrid, almost sedentary state - and without nourishing food - for most of a year.
They were also investigating who took out $70,000 worth of loans in her name.
Maione was released on bail in August last year, under conditions that permitted her to continue babysitting her infant grandchild.
On Thursday, Mr Ey said he had been informed prosecutors "will be sending a box of material around" to his office in the coming days.
He asked his client be remanded, under her new bail conditions, to face court again in April.
Magistrate Brett Dixon agreed, altering Maione's bail as sought and adjourning the case until then.
The Advertiser has applied to the court to see a copy of Maione's new bail conditions.
Originally published as New bail 'safeguard' for Annie Smith's former carer