Victim's father pleads for murder accused's freedom
THE father of a Millmerran alleged murder victim urged Brisbane Supreme Court to allow his son's accused killer to await trial at home.
Supreme Court Justice Jean Dalton on Tuesday released grandfather Kevin Patrick Hanley on bail, but warned the 69-year-old he could only leave his house for medical and legal appointments, reporting to police and for court appearances.
Mr Hanley is accused of murdering 46-year-old Matthew David Morcus at Millmerran on October 13.
Mr Hanley's lawyer, Ben Power, told the court Mr Morcus's father Alphonsus was a long-time friend of his client.
Mr Power said Alphonsus visited Mr Hanley in jail and wanted the Millmerran farmer to be released as soon as possible.
Mr Power said the Crown's concerns about Mr Hanley running away were unfounded as his client did not have enough money or the physical ability to take off.
"Whilst he's able to do work on the farm he's got both hips replaced and a bad back,” Mr Power told the court.
"His situation is very different to a 25-year-old who might be able to successfully abscond.”
The court heard Mr Hanley had a short criminal history with one previous conviction for violence and that he had a "quick temper” caused by "high blood pressure”.
Justice Dalton ordered Mr Hanley to live at home under "house arrest” conditions and to only leave for medical and legal appointments, court dates and regular reporting to police.
- ARM NEWSDESK