Man granted bail with conditions



DOUGLAS Gordon White was already on bail over charges relating to the theft of a crocodile from Rockhampton Zoo when he allegedly bashed a man with a block of wood at the weekend.

White, 24, appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court charged with assault occasioning bodily harm yesterday morning following the Saturday night attack but was not required to enter a plea.

Police Prosecutor Constable Calvin Gnech told the court White hit the 19-year-old man about 20 times in the head and face with a 4x2 block of wood.

The victim suffered bruising, swelling and cuts to his face as a result of the attack.

He was released from Rockhampton Hospital on Sunday.

Constable Gnech opposed bail, saying the man was already on bail when the alleged attack occurred.

He said White was one of four people charged with the theft of a 1.2 metre crocodile from Rockhampton Zoo last month.

White is also facing a charge of unlawful wounding after allegedly throwing a knife at a 20-year-old man in Yeppoon in November last year.

The 20-year-old victim was flown to Brisbane after the knife struck him in the eye.

Constable Gnech said White had serious drug and alcohol problems which put him at risk of reoffending.

But White, who represented himself, told Magistrate Annette Hennessy he was attending a program at Queensland Health's Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drug Services to curb his addiction.

Magistrate Hennessy granted White bail but ordered he be subjected to alcohol and drug testing by police. She also ordered he stay away from several Keppel Sands residents.

He is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court tomorrow in relation to the crocodile theft charges.



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