by Clementine Norton
DETECTIVES from New South Wales flew back to their home state empty-handed yesterday, after a failed attempt to extradite a man on 17 child-sex charges.
Instead of being taken into custody, the 65-year-old Bundaberg man will make his own way to Goulburn Magistrates Court this week to face the charges.
The offences were alleged to have taken place against the man's stepdaughter during 1992 and 1993, while he was living in New South Wales.
An arrest warrant was placed before Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday in an attempt to have the man extradited.
Two detectives from New South Wales sat in the courtroom as Bundaberg police prosecutor Sergeant Robyn Shapcott told the Magistrate Jennifer Batts the man had moved to Queensland seven years ago after the Department of Community Services received a complaint against him.
“New South Wales Police believe they have a strong case and have spoken with a number of witnesses,” Sgt Shapcott said.
She argued the man had left New South Wales after becoming aware of the allegations against him, and said the complainant was concerned for her safety if the man was given bail.
Defence lawyer Christine Delaney said her client was not a flight risk, as he had not been facing charges when he moved.
“The first he heard about his imminent arrest was when police arrived at his house on Friday and essentially plucked him out of bed at 8.30pm,” Ms Delaney said.
“He has been living here for seven years and has full-time employment and a mortgage on his house.”
Ms Batts did not agree the man should be extradited, and instead granted him bail to appear in the New South Wales court.
The 65-year-old will face Goulburn Magistrates Court on 15 charges of carnal knowledge, and two counts of sexual intercourse with a minor.