Toowoomba man accused of brutal murder is refused bail
A TOOWOOMBA man charged with the brutal 2012 murder of Jake Lasker has been refused bail.
Kyle Mitchell Dumesny, charged with Mr Lasker's murder, was remanded in custody on Thursday after the Brisbane Supreme Court refused to grant him bail.
Justice David Boddice said the Crown prosecution allege Mr Dumesny and Max Peter Smith had texted each other regarding killing Mr Lasker - who was found stabbed to death in his Toowoomba home.
But defence lawyer Steve Kissick said Mr Dumesny believed he and Smith were playing a "game or joke" about killing their former friend.
Mr Kissick said since the committal hearing the Crown's case had "weakened".
But Justice Boddice said he had not seen any evidence from the hearing that would lessen the case against Mr Dumesny.
He said the mandatory life sentence Mr Dumesny faced if convicted of murder was a major incentive for him to flee if granted bail.
Bail was refused. The case does not yet have a trial date.
- ARM NEWSDESK