On bail before ram-raid

RAM-raid accused Justin Daniel Lee Solomon was on bail for a burglary charge when he allegedly crashed the getaway car – putting his 15-year-old passenger into a coma.

Solomon was refused bail by Magistrate Annette Hennessy yesterday in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court after she said he faced “serious offences” allegedly committed while on bail and was a risk if released from custody.

Solomon was allegedly the driver of a ute which was driven into the Victoria Tavern bottle shop on Saturday.

After he and his co-offenders allegedly stole a small amount of liquor, Solomon sped off on High St towards Moores Creek Rd but crashed 400m from the bottle shop.

His 15-year-old passenger and alleged co-offender received life-threatening injuries and yesterday was in an induced coma.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham said Solomon was breath-tested after the crash and returned a reading of 0.180, more than three times the legal drink-driving limit.

She said Solomon was on bail for breaking into a home on March 24.

Solomon had a “significant” history of driving offences.

She said Solomon could have one charge amended to manslaughter if the boy dies.

Magistrate Hennessy remanded Solomon in custody to reappear later this month.



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