Justin James Carrick, 23, has applied for bail in the Mackay Magistrates Court.
Justin James Carrick, 23, has applied for bail in the Mackay Magistrates Court. Contributed

Man 'held down' by inmates and tattooed on face in prison

A MAN was assaulted by fellow jail inmates when they tattooed an "obscene image" on the right side of his face, his lawyer has told Mackay Magistrates Court.

Defence solicitor Rosie Varley said Justin James Carrick, 23, had had the image covered with a star tattoo.

Carrick told Magistrate Nerida Wilson the assault had taken place in August or September last year.

Ms Varley was applying for bail after Carrick allegedly produced a hatchet and threatened to kill a woman in the Mackay CBD in the early hours of Sunday.

He is charged with going armed to cause fear, threatening violence at night while armed, possessing a knife in public and unlawful possession of restricted drugs.

In court today, Ms Wilson said police had brought fresh charges against Carrick. It is alleged that on July 16, he entered a Mackay home and stole a debit and credit card, and fraudulently purchased phone credit and drinks.

Prosecutor Sheena Hayes objected to bail, saying Carrick had a number of charges outstanding.

Ms Varley said that in December last year a State public guardian had been appointed for Carrick as his psychiatric disability impaired his capacity.

She said the guardian had been appointed to assist Carrick, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, with accommodation and legal matters.

Ms Wilson noted that Carrick was accused of offending on an almost "weekly basis" this year - on seven dates in May, three dates in July and August 14.

She questioned what steps the guardian had taken to assist as "on every bench charge sheet before the court there's a different address".

"We've got a hostel… we've (an address) in Slade Point, we've got (an address) in Beaconsfield," she said.

"My question to the public guardian would be what have they done, when they've been tasked by the State to look after Mr Carrick's accommodation needs?"

On being questioned by the magistrate, Carrick said he didn't know who the guardian was and he "wasn't sure" when he last spoke to them.

"That probably confirms some of my concerns, that they may have absolutely no idea about Mr Carrick and his life, and yet they're tasked with making decisions for him," Ms Wilson said.

She said she wanted a better understanding of Carrick's bail address before she could grant him bail.

She ordered the guardian to appear in court tomorrow, via telephone. The matter was adjourned until then.