Baby has ‘say’ in court
A WOMAN charged over the alleged stabbing of a 51-year-old man at a Nebo Rd caravan park in July last year has given birth while in custody.
Nursing the newborn in her arms, Juanita Caston appeared via video link to face the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday.
While the baby cried during the proceedings and Caston tried to comfort it, Magistrate Damien Dwyer joked the baby must be "camera shy".
Caston has been in custody for the past seven months following the alleged incident.
It is unknown how long the baby has been with her in custody, but it is understood Caston only recently gave birth.
It has been alleged a man presented to the Mackay Base Hospital about 1am on July 5 with a knife-related stab wound to the chest.
He was airlifted to Townsville Hospital for further treatment and a crime scene was established at the Premier Caravan Park on Nebo Rd.
At the time of the alleged stabbing incident, Caston was charged with grievous bodily harm and obstructing a police officer.
But she has since also been charged with other offences, including contravening direction or requirement of police, driving without a licence, failing to stop a motor vehicle and entering a dwelling to commit an indictable offence.
She was remanded in custody yesterday and the matter was adjourned until March 27, where she is again expected to appear via video link.