Police found a man allegedly pretending to be asleep in a car that had been unlocked with keys in the ignition when it was stolen from River St.
Police found a man allegedly pretending to be asleep in a car that had been unlocked with keys in the ignition when it was stolen from River St.

Accused arsonist, car thief sacks lawyer in bizarre mention

A MACKAY man accused of car theft, arson and evading police demanded his lawyer apply for bail despite learning a return to prison warrant will be issued against him.

But minutes later Mitchell Turnbull decided to represent himself before then asking for his case to be adjourned so he could find another solicitor.

The 34 year old is facing seven charges after police found him allegedly pretending to be asleep inside a stolen car on Maraju Yakapari Rd about 1am on Sunday.

Mr Turnbull is accused of arson of a motor vehicle, two counts of car theft, disqualified driving, evading police, stealing and wilful damage between September 4 and 15.

Mackay Magistrates Court heard Mr Turnbull had been on parole at the time of the alleged offending and an application had been made to suspend the order.

“Do you understand what that means … there’s an application for a warrant to issue (to) return to prison,” Magistrate Mark Nolan asked Mr Turnbull, who appeared in the courtroom dock in handcuffs.

“Yes,” Mr Turnbull said.

“So you still want to apply for bail today?” Mr Nolan asked.

“Uh huh,” he said.

Despite angrily demanding Legal Aid solicitor Rosie Varley to apply for bail, Mr Turnbull then decided he did not want her help for the application and she was given leave to withdraw from the case.

“I’ll adjourn it, please,” he said, requesting two weeks.

The court heard Mr Turnbull had been on bail for wilful damage when he allegedly stole a car some time between 11am and 1pm on September 14 from River St.

The car was not locked and the keys had been left in the ignition. This is the same car in which police later found Mr Turnbull allegedly pretending to be asleep.

“Do you know who the solicitor is you’re likely to be using?” Mr Nolan asked.

“Yeah I’ll figure that out soon,” Mr Turnbull said.

No pleas were entered and the case was adjourned to September 30.