News

No bail for man over axe attacks

THE 54-year-old man who allegedly attacked an elderly man with an axe in the Bundaberg Lawn Cemetery on Saturday morning has been denied bail.

Kenan Demirci, of Avenell Heights, did not enter a plea to attempted murder when he appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court Monday morning.

Demirci, a man of average height with grey hair and a well-kept moustache, sat stoically in the docks as the bail application proceeded and did not react when Magistrate Jennifer Batts denied the application.

The accused, dressed in a brown prison jumper, blue pants and blue socks, remained handcuffed throughout proceedings.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Toddman told the court the 74-year-old man Demirci allegedly attacked was left with major skull damage with skull fragments lodged in the man's head.

Sgt Toddman also handed up a series of documents explaining why police objected to Demirci receiving bail.

As Magistrate Jennifer Batts read the documents, a relative of Demirci began to loudly sob and as she was being escorted from the court room, the woman collapsed.

Ms Batts adjourned the court for a short period so the woman could leave and it could be determined whether she needed medical assistance.

Demirci calmly sat and watched as the woman was escorted from the court room.

Defence lawyer Rian Dwyer said Demirci was a Turkish national who cared for his disabled son.

Mr Dwyer said Demirci had been at the cemetery to visit the grave of his son who had died two months earlier.

He said Demirci had no intention of contacting the alleged victim

"They know each other but instructs they don't want to have anything to do with them," he said.

Mr Dwyer said Demirci had indicated he planned to fight the charge.

Ms Batts denied the bail application as she deemed Demirci an unacceptable risk to reoffend.

The matter is expected to return to court on June 1.

Topics:  attempted murder, bundaberg magistrates court




Woolworths, Target post massive losses, write-downs

Hundreds of jobs expected to go as retailers hit by hard times

Lots of rain in a short timeframe doubles Valley averages

Rainy day on the Sunshine Coast.Umbrellas out at Maroochydore

Grafton, Yamba both record more than 40mm for last two days

Latest deals and offers

Johnny Depp 'deeply respects' Amber Heard

Celebrity

Amber Heard gives away $7 million settlement to charity

The true cost of 60 Minutes debacle revealed

It's a bill that would make even a silk tied barrister blush

Zoe takes Dave to Edinburgh for Oscars of comedy

FRUITY: Former Graftonian Zoe Coombs Marr is nominated for a prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Festival Award for her show Trigger Warning starring her alter ego Dave.

Grafton's Zoe Coombs Marr nominated for Edinburgh Comedy Award

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep