Split with Insta-star forces bail change for drug accused
A TATTOO removal shop owner accused of dealing cannabis oil from his Cairns CBD store remains barred from entering the premises despite changes to his strict bail conditions.
Christopher Stephen Bowtell, 32, was charged in March with 10 offences including trafficking, three counts of drug supply and one count of drug possession linked to the oil, which is only legal in Queensland if prescribed by a doctor.
The former naval officer was accused of running the drug business from the Eraza-laser store within BLVK Temple Tattoo on Lake St between March 2019 and March this year when he was arrested.
He was granted bail but ordered to live in Mt Sheridan and not come within 50m of the store.
But the Cairns Magistrates Court heard yesterday he had since split up with his partner, high profile Instagram fitness model Libby Powell and had moved into the CBD.
His solicitor Kellie Walker asked for the radius condition to be lifted as it made travel difficult within the city, and he would just stay out of the store.
The court was told the radius was initially put in place amid concerns he would tamper with a witness and co-accused who was an apprentice who still worked at the business and had allegedly taken drug packages to the post office for him.
"The Crown feared she would be stood over and interfered with," Magistrate Jacqui Payne said.
But Ms Walker said the apprentice, a 19-year-old woman, had subsequently provided a "13A" statement co-operating with police and Mr Bowtell was providing support for her.
"In my submission things have advanced so far in the case in that there is no risk to her," she said.
"His laser business is still operating out of there.
"He is not asking to go there."
Police prosecutor Sgt Jacqui Hughes asked for a smaller radius to remain in place.
"The concern for the prosecution is the removal of the radius completely," she said.
"By his own will he moved into the city (from Mt Sheridan).
"The prosecution position is not to remove the bail condition, but to reduce that radius."
She said the police alleged the store is where Mr Bowtell was distributing the drugs from.
Magistrate Payne removed the radius condition but banned him from entering the business.
The case is due back before the magistrates court next month.
Originally published as Split with Instagram star forces bail change for drug accused