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Woman banned from bowls club wants to stay in jail

DESPITE a claimed visit in jail from the Ombudsman, Amanda Winters remains incarcerated on principle, because she refuses to accept a condition of her bail release that prohibits her visiting her beloved Seaforth Bowls Club.

She is charged with refusing to leave the licensed club when told to, on June 15.

The Daily Mercury’s front-page report on July 9.
The Daily Mercury’s front-page report on July 9.

Now five weeks on and Ms Winters, 52, steadfastly refused to accept her bail conditions in an appearance before Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday via video link from Townsville Women's Correctional Centre.

"I didn't do anything wrong," she said.

"The Ombudsman came to visit and I used my old journalism skills to write a 15 page letter.

"Can I say that since Friday there has been obvious persecution, mind games happening with me. I would like the earliest court date (for her defended hearing) because I'm absolutely desperate to get out of here.

"I've had to go off anti-depressants as the one's they are giving me are poisoning me."

Magistrate Ross Risson said he did not have time to listen to all her concerns and adjourned her case to a date in late August because a police witness was on leave.

Ms Winters replied that she was now "hanging on by my finger nails at the moment, the mind games are hotting up".

Mr Risson said she should simply sign the bail form but Ms Winters said she would only do so when the condition was removed.

"I would like the justice system to support me getting out. I've been placed in high security wing here, it's ludicrous. The conditions are horrendous, so frightening."

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