Man accused of assault has 'dreadful criminal history'

A TOOWOOMBA man who allegedly obstructed police officers and assaulted a security guard has been refused bail because of his violent past.

Billy Ingui, 38, is facing charges including obstructing police, assaulting police, assaulting a security guard and public nuisance from an alleged incident near a shopping centre in August.

He applied for bail at Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday when the court heard he had been in jail on remand for about 84 days.

Mr Ingui's barrister Isaac Munsie said his client had a problem with alcohol and suggested he could be released on bail if strict conditions were imposed, including banning alcohol, reporting to police regularly and being breath tested frequently.

He said Mr Ingui had previously spent about four years crime free and that if he could tap into this thinking and stay off alcohol it would be unlikely he would commit further crimes.

Mr Munsie also said if Mr Ingui stayed in jail for too long there was a risk he would spend more time on remand than on any sentence he would receive.

But Justice Jean Dalton said his offences were of a serious violent nature and were committed while he was serving a suspended sentence.

"Mr Ingui has a pretty dreadful criminal history," she said. "He has offences of violence in Queensland back to 1994 and has an even worse criminal history in the Northern Territory."

She said Mr Ingui's alcoholism might be driving his offending but "the criminal history is so long and so violent that it really goes against him".

"It is very difficult to see that if he is released he will not re-offend."

Mr Ingui's case will be before a court early next year, the court heard.

- APN NEWSDESK



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