QUESTIONS REMAIN: Police are investigating the death of Joseph Bornen (pictured above) at Moore Park Beach near Bundaberg on Wednesday. Max Fleet
QUESTIONS REMAIN: Police are investigating the death of Joseph Bornen (pictured above) at Moore Park Beach near Bundaberg on Wednesday. Max Fleet

Man faces court over mysterious death of Ipswich father

A 31-YEAR-OLD man charged with grievous bodily harm over the death of Ipswich man Joseph Bornen has been refused bail.

Gavin Russell Baldwin faced Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday where duty lawyer Gavin James made an application for bail on his behalf.

In opposing bail, police prosecutor Sergeant Warren Hess said Baldwin had a "transient nature" and was an unacceptance risk of reoffending.

Magistrate Neil Lavaring noted Baldwin was located by police hiding in a kitchen pantry when he was arrested on Thursday, the day after the alleged incident.

The court heard on Wednesday that Mr Bornen, 46, and another man attended the Baldwin's home in Sylvan Dr.

In Baldwin's defence, Mr James argued the victim was allegedly trying to break into the defendant's home when he cut himself on a glass door.

"It's not a case where he (Baldwin) has gone to another person's property," he said.

"It opens up a number of defences, including defence of property and self-defence."

Mr James said the cause of the victim's death would be subject to a lengthy investigation.

"There will be a lot of medical evidence. The prosecution's case is not without its problems," he said.

Mr James said his client had also been charged with a second count of grievous bodily harm - an add-on charge in relation to an incident on September 21.

Mr Lavaring noted the lengthy objection to bail contained the allegation that Baldwin used a cricket or baseball bat during the disturbance.

Baldwin contested this allegation. Mr Lavaring said a witness statement alleged Baldwin struck the victim three times with force to the head while he was lying on the ground, but made no specific reference to the use of a bat. In refusing bail, he determined Baldwin was an unacceptable risk of reoffending. The matter was adjourned until November 26.


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