A MAN who was extradited from Western Australia to face 2013 charges in Tamworth has been granted bail after posting $35,000 in surety.
Alexander Michael Haywood was being held in custody at a Sydney prison on charges of recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime, deal with identity information to commit an indictable offence and demanding with menaces intending to obtain a gain or cause loss.
He was charged by Tamworth detectives in 2013, and appeared via video link from prison in Tamworth Local Court this week, after his extradition from Western Australia.
The court heard Haywood had been denied bail last month in a Sydney court but Haywood’s solicitor Sherleen Chand said there was fresh evidence
“I will concede this is information wasn't available on the last occasion,” DPP solicitor Andrew Baker told the court.
He opposed bail, arguing Haywood was an unacceptable risk of failing to appear if he was released to live in WA.
Mr Baker said the prosecution had serious "concerns of enforcement of an interstate residential condition” which he said "just can't be managed".
Ms Chand tendered a statutory declaration to show her client “was not in fact residing in Tamworth when the warrant was issued” in 2013.
The court attendance notice was issued in the mail, but Ms Chand said a police certificate from March 2013 showed Haywood’s address as St James in WA.
Mr Baker conceded the fresh evidence “is relevant” to the case but Haywood was a flight risk, if he was granted bail.
The [officer-in-charge] instructs that he made numerous calls [to Haywood’s mobile] that weren’t answered in 2013, that has nothing to do with residence.DPP solicitor Andrew Baker
“The [officer-in-charge] instructs that he made numerous calls [to Haywood’s mobile] that weren’t answered in 2013, that has nothing to do with residence,” he said, opposing bail.
Magistrate George Breton said he was “considering a grant of bail, but not in the current conditions” and ordered Haywood to “forfeit a substantial amount of money” to sure up his return to NSW to face the charges.
The case was stood in the list before Haywood’s defence offered $35,000 in surety.
He was granted conditional bail to live in Perth, report daily to police, surrender his passport, not go within 1km of an airport, unless travelling to and from court, and with an itinery provided seven days in advance.
He was also placed on a night curfew, use only one mobile phone and must not contact witnesses or leave Australia.
The case returns to court in November.