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‘Unfair’ custody claim two years after murder charge

A MAN charged with murder took an opportunity at a Rockhampton Supreme Court mention to slam his two-and-a-half-year custody as "unfair".

Stanley Stanley appeared via video link in custody before Justice McMeekin yesterday following a murder charge laid in 2013 but took a swing at his legal team after another mention date was set for October.

The 42-year-old has been in custody since April 2013, with a manslaughter charge upgraded to murder in November 2013 after the alleged victim, a 59-year-old man, died in hospital.

The court heard Stanley rejected his Legal Aid lawyer and enlisted defence lawyer William Prizeman.

"I believe they are sabotaging my bail application," Stanley said.

"All year I have asked for the case to be moved to Brisbane court because it's bias because I'm very well known in Rockhampton," he said.

"I believe the stage of events is to prolong my incarceration and I believe I have had an unfair hearing."

Stanley told the court he had taken steps against being "a victim of injustice".

"I have written to Bob Katter and the Crime and Conduct Commission and Canberra Parliament and (Justice McMeekin) concerning this and I have been denied my legal rights," he said.

"I have not seen the photos of the victim so I have been denied my legal rights.

"I need to get a suit, I have nothing to wear."

Justice McMeekin told Stanley his new lawyer would assist him where necessary.

"They will do what they can to get justice," he said.

Stanley apologised to Justice McMeekin for his outburst.

The next mention date is set for the week starting October 12 but a trial date is not yet set.

Topics:  charge court custody murder rockhampton supreme court


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