Accused attempts to change bail conditions

A CONVICTED stalker has been told he cannot return to court every month to attempt to have his bail conditions changed.

A month after David Merton George Cox was granted bail on the condition he stay 5km from a Caloundra location and adhere to a curfew, he returned to Brisbane Supreme Court asking for those conditions to be removed.

In 2015 Mr Cox was found guilty of stalking the cleaner in his building. He was fined and the court made a restraining order against him that he has been charged with breaching.

On Tuesday Mr Cox told the court he had not re-offended in the 33 days since he was granted bail and should be allowed to have the 5km ban or the curfew removed.

Mr Cox said he had moved, with permission, to live with his elderly parents in NSW but could not care for them while the curfew was in place.

But Justice Jean Dalton said Mr Cox had "misunderstood" the process and could not return to court every month to negotiate his bail.

She said if not for those conditions he would not have been granted bail at all.

"We're not here on a month review to see how you're going," she said.

"I don't think you understand the seriousness of your conduct."

She said Mr Cox had not been granted bail to act as a carer for his parents and pointed out that they had survived while he lived in Caloundra.

The application was dismissed. Mr Cox is set to face trial later this year.

- ARM NEWSDESK


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