Accused backpacker basher held in custody

A BIKIE associate accused of bashing a German backpacker at Noosa North Shore has unsuccessfully tried to have his case heard on the same day he was charged.

Matthew James Carnie, 37, appeared in custody in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday afternoon in relation to an alleged attack on a 23-year-old man at a Boreen Point campground on Friday night.

The backpacker required five stitches to cuts on his head and sustained brusing after allegedly being assaulted by four men some time between 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

Carnie was charged today over the matter.

Defence solicitor Robert Butler said his client wished to enter a plea of guilty to the charge of assault occasioning bodily whilst armed and in company.

Mr Butler said Carnie had been a nominee for the Rebels motor cycle club before the introduction of Queensland's bikie laws but did not go on to become a member.

He wanted Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist to sentence Carnie on Wednesday, but police prosecutor Sergeant Shane Raison said more material needed to be gathered.

Sgt Raison said there had not been time to prepare a victim impact statement, a medical record of injuries or comparable cases to be used as a guide in sentencing.

He also wanted to search to see if Carnie had any criminal history interstate.

Mr Stjernqvist said it was "highly unusual" to sentence someone so quickly.

He said he didn't believe he could arrive at an appropriate sentence without the additional information.

Mr Butler did not apply for his client's bail.

The case was adjourned until Thursday.


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