Elderly man accused of strangling his carer
A 70-YEAR-OLD man who is accused of choking his carer and wrapping an electrical cord around her neck has been granted bail after spending almost seven months awaiting trial in prison.
Police allege the man threw his carer to the ground, "put his fists into her neck" - which prevented her breathing - before wrapping a cord around her throat, but she got him off her before he could apply pressure.
Described as having "limited English" and no criminal history, the man has been in prison since the incident in May.
The man was not required to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court this morning, when a bail application was made on his behalf by lawyer Ben Rynderman.
Magistrate Matthew McLaughlin said he believed the man was at risk of spending too much time in custody as the case wasn't expected go to trial until mid-next year and ordered he be released on bail.
The bail conditions prevent him from having contact with the woman or entering Caloundra.
The man will appear before court next year on the strangulation charge.