Man on torture charges would like to spend time with his mum
A MAN who is facing attempted murder and torture charges has made a passionate plea to be released on bail to spend time with his dying mother.
Glenn John Walker, 40, is accused of bashing a man until he was unconscious before stuffing him into a toolbox on an acreage property at Anstead in July last year.
He, along with an accomplice, were charged with multiple serious charges including the attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, torture and deprivation of liberty.
Walker, who represented himself, made an application for bail in the Brisbane Supreme Court on Thursday after learning his mother had only months to live.
"During my time in custody I have strived to be a model prisoner," he said.
"I also learnt that my mother had been diagnosed with an ailment that doctors say is terminal.
"She has been my backbone and strength.
"I am making this application under compassionate grounds to spend the last months of her life with her."
Crown Prosecutor Elizabeth Shaw told the court Walker posed an unacceptable risk to the community, especially towards witnesses involved in the case.
"He has a lengthy criminal history and was on a suspended sentence when these alleged offences occurred," she said.
"He poses an unacceptable risk under every aspect of the Bail Act.
"The case against him is particularly strong and he is facing significant jail time if found guilty."
Justice James Douglas agreed and refused the application.
However, he ruled his mother, who was present in court, be able to visit him in the cells beneath the court house before he was transported back to Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre.