Mackay mum of three on 31 charges of drugs, fraud, etc

Facing 31 charges, Skye Louise Walton was refused bail in Mackay Magistrates Court
Facing 31 charges, Skye Louise Walton was refused bail in Mackay Magistrates Court Brett Wortman

A MOTHER facing dozens of charges linked to drugs, fraud, stealing and more will remain behind bars for now.

Skye Louise Walton, of North Mackay, was applying for bail from the custodial dock of Mackay Magistrates Court on Tuesday, while facing 31 charges.

The mum of three, a slightly built woman with short, tousled brown hair, said through her Legal Aid defence solicitor Daniel Guerin that mental health issues including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression contributed to her alleged crime spree.

Police prosecutor Sheena Hayes said there was nothing on record to support that claim and the court also heard Walton, who had not entered a plea, was not taking any medication to treat mental health conditions.

Walton's charges include failure to properly dispose of needles or syringes, possessing utensils or pipes for use, evading fares, contravening police direction, breach of bail and failure to appear at court.

Mr Guerin said there was concerns the 21-year-old would spend more time waiting to have her charges heard, than she would ultimately spend in prison.

" ... given the nature of the offending, the offending is relatively minor and it's our view that she is unlikely to serve a significant period of imprisonment," the defence solicitor said.

"She thinks the time she spends on remand might exceed any term of imprisonment that would be imposed due to the nature of the charges."

Mr Guerin said Walton was living with a partner with health issues of his own and "obviously that's weighing heavily on her mind".

However, Ms Hayes said "the offender may be young, but she's got a significant history accumulated over the last 12 months".

"All you need to do is have a look at the defendant's criminal history from the first entry, being on April 13, 2016 ... "

Walton's charges happened as recently as February 26, Ms Hayes told the court.

Additionally, the prosecutor indicated poor mental health was not a solid reason for bail to be granted, as Walton could get mental health assistance while in custody

Magistrate Ron Muirhead said Walton's "record of failing to appear in court if granted bail", breaching bail conditions and failing to appear excluded her from bail.

Interrupting the magistrate several times while he was delivering his verdict on the bail application, Walton pleaded to be set free.

Her case was adjourned until March 14 for mention in Mackay Magistrates Court.

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