Mackay man on 96 charges when in 'stolen property' car
A MACKAY man who claims he fled other drug users by hopping into a car he had no idea was loaded with "stolen goods" lost his bid for bail on Monday.
The Brisbane Supreme Court heard Michael Johnstone was on bail for 96 charges, 60 related to fraud, when he allegedly breached bail conditions.
The 41-year-old Rockhampton Capricornia Correctional Centre inmate's latest alleged offending happened just two days after the supreme court granted him bail in December.
In asking Justice Jean Dalton on Monday to release him, Mr Johnstone said he breached the previous bail conditions because he was scared living at a court-ordered rehabilitation facility would lead him back to drugs.
"I woke up and people were using syringes around me - using drugs," Mr Johnstone said via videolink from the correctional centre.
"I wanted to get away from the situation ... I didn't want to use drugs again."
Mr Johnstone said a friend offered him a lift and that's when things went awry.
"It (the car) had stolen property in it," he said.
Mr Johnstone was charged with two stolen property offences and four breaching bail conditions.
Ms Dalton said the defendant started using drugs in his teens.
She said his 29-page criminal record, which contains mostly property and dishonesty offences, spanned both Queensland and NSW.
"In my view he is an unacceptable risk of re-offending and an unacceptable risk of breaching bail," Ms Dalton said.