Jamie Errol Pons, 23, from Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, applying for bail.
Jamie Errol Pons, 23, from Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday, applying for bail. Lorraine Hanna

Man allegedly dragged woman along ground while snatching bag

A SARINA man accused of dragging a woman along the ground while snatching her handbag will remain locked up after he was refused bail for a second time.

Jamie Errol Pons fronted Mackay Magistrates Court via videolink from prison on Wednesday, after spending seven months behind bars.

Pons' family members were seated amongst the crowd in a packed public gallery.

The 23-year-old is charged with robbery, which has been "committed to a higher court" on a "very strong (prosecution) case", according to Pons' defence barrister, Phillip Moore.

Pons was applying for bail, which was opposed by prosecutor Nathaniel Gillis.

"The circumstances of the robbery are such that there was no weapon. There was violence ... but it was relatively low level," Mr Moore said.

"It was a handbag snatch, where the allegations are that the complainant was taken to the ground as the bag was being snatched as the strap was around her arm.

"There's a further allegation that his knee came into contact with her back."

Mr Moore told the court there was "no premeditation" and Pons had made a "rash decision" at a time of hardship in his life.

It was likely the time Pons had already served in prison could exceed the penalty he would eventually receive if sentenced, Mr Moore argued.

Pons was said to have "moderate history", including an entry of grievous bodily harm.

Pons has also been charged with three counts of burglary, one count of producing dangerous drugs, two counts of stealing and breaching bail, and one count of receiving tainted property, shoplifting, possessing drug utensils, contravening probation, contravening police and failing to appear for court.

He's also facing a range of traffic charges: Two counts of driving uninsured and unregistered, two counts of driving without a licence (one as a repeat offender) and with damaged or lost plates, and one count of failing to secure a load and driving an unsafe vehicle.

Magistrate Scott Luxton took a lengthy adjournment before refusing Pons bail and adjourning to mid-April.

Pons yelled an "I love you" to those in court in support before he was led from the camera's view.


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