Man charged over $42k Gympie jewel heist bailed

THE man charged over an alleged $42,000 jewel heist and assault in Gympie earlier this year has been bailed.

Supreme Court Justice Peter Flanagan ordered Troy Anthony Fitzpatrick to report to police four times a week until his next court appearance.

Justice Flanagan took into account the length of time between the Gympie resident being charged and the date of his committal hearing, which has yet to be scheduled for next year.

The former Tasmanian is charged with robbery with wounding.

Police allege he attempted to steal 26 rings from Goodyear Jewellers on August 20.

The wounding relates to the alleged biting of a man who tried to tackle Mr Fitzpatrick as he allegedly ran down Mary St, Gympie, with the rings.

Justice Flanagan considered the defendant's nine-page Tasmanian criminal history and took into account the fact that 26 entries on the document never went to court.

"The applicant has no criminal history in Queensland," Justice Flanagan said.

"He does have a nine-page criminal history in Tasmania commencing in 1992.

"The most recent offending seemed to have happened in July, 2014 for blackmail, which seems to be the applicant's first period of imprisonment.

"Prior to this the applicant had received other non-custodial sentences generally in the nature of fines for street offences."

Justice Flanagan said the risk of failing to appear in court would be lowered if the defendant was required to report to police multiple times a week.

"That concern … is sought to be ameliorated by the imposition of reporting conditions," he said.

"The applicant has demonstrated a propensity to appear at court as and when required of him."

- APN NEWSDESK



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