South Mackay man charged over Paradise St siege
A SOUTH Mackay man is expected to apply for bail tomorrow on charges of assaulting two police officers while pretending to be armed during a Paradise St stand-off on Saturday night.
Matthew Kenneth Bierton, 37, appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court at noon today wearing prison-issued clothing.
Magistrate Damien Dwyer said Bierton was charged with assaulting a male and female officer who had been on duty and also with being in possession of a knife in a public place on Paradise St in South Mackay on Saturday.
He said Bierton was also charged with being in possession of marijuana and two water pipes on Sunday.
Defence solicitor Kristie Doyle said Bierton wished to make a bail application and would live at his brother's house while on bail. Ms Doyle said she had spoken to his brother, who had confirmed Bierton would be able to live with him.
Prosecutor Michael Ball said police had to check out the Blacks Beach residence before proceeding to a bail application.
Ms Doyle said Bierton had a psychiatric assessment booked for 3pm this afternoon, which he would attend should a bail application be granted.
Mr Dwyer asked whether Bierton could be seen by a psychiatrist in the watch-house, and a parole officer in the court room answered that he could.
"My submission still stands that your Honour could proceed (with a bail application)," Ms Doyle said.
"I'm not going to, I think I have to give the prosecution an opportunity to check out the bail address," Mr Dwyer responded.
Bierton will reappear in the Mackay Magistrates Court at 9am tomorrow, when a bail application is expected to proceed.