Jail for mum, son accused of harrassing hairdresser
A MOTHER and son are both behind bars on remand after being charged with harassing their neighbour.
Patricia Evelyn Brown and her son Martin Thomas Brown are accused of unlawfully stalking Melanie Reeves, who runs a hairdressing business next door to their home.
Ms Brown is charged with one count of unlawful stalking and three counts of breaching bail conditions.
The court heard Mr Brown was dealt with for stalking earlier this year in Bundaberg Magistrates Court where he was given a suspended sentence and was now facing fresh charges of unlawful stalking anf breaching a restraining order.
Ms Brown applied for bail for her charges of breaching bail and unlawful stalking and it was opposed by the prosecution. The court heard the alleged offences happened in October where Ms Brown allegedly approached an associate of Ms Reeves at his workplace. On October 24, Ms Brown allegedly shouted "shut the f--- up" over the fence towards Ms Reeves.
Police further allege that on October 3, a former partner of Ms Reeves was harassed by Ms Brown and her son.
The pair allegedly harassed him for information so Ms Brown could attempt to assist her defence against the victim.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tina Bland submitted to the court that if Ms Brown was given bail a condition should be imposed that she have no contact with her son.
"It's just relentless, the victim's have had enough, there's restraining orders in place," she said. Ms Brown's barrister Callan Cassidy said his client didn't oppose the condition of having no contact with the complainant if she were to be released on bail.
Ms Brown and Mr Brown both appeared in the dock of the courtroom on separate occasions.
Magistrate Andrew Moloney took into account the facts in the bail opposal and the submissions from both the defence and prosecution.
Mr Moloney said in his view Ms Brown was an unacceptable risk that if released on bail she would commit another offence or interfere with witnesses or otherwise obstruct the course of justice.
Her bail was refused.
Mr Brown was in custody on a return to prison warrant and did not apply for bail.
Both Mr Brown and Ms Brown were remanded in custody until their next court date.