A court in New South Wales has sentenced a man to 10 years in jail for not paying bail on a $100,000 bond.
Key points:A magistrate found Peter O’Connor’s bail breached bail conditionsHe pleaded guilty to an offence under the Commonwealth’s Anti-Money Laundering ActPeter O’Connors family had been concerned for his safety since his arrestThe Australian Federal Police is now investigating whether Mr O’Conners should be releasedThe Federal Court heard on Thursday that Mr O’tons family was concerned for Mr O’s safety since he was arrested on May 26 last year.
His bail had been set at $100k.
He failed to pay his bond at the time.
Mr O’Connell was ordered to appear at the Magistrates Court on September 11 to be sentenced.
He did not attend.
He was told by the magistrate that he had failed to comply with bail conditions that required him to have no contact with his family or friends.
Mr Justice Campbell said the man had not breached the bail conditions.
He said that the bail condition that required Mr O to have a “non-physical presence” in the area was not breached.
The judge said the magistrate found that Mr D’s conduct did not fall within the bail provisions.
“Mr D failed to show that he was acting as the designated person with respect to the bail situation and was therefore not required to appear in the Magistrate Court for sentencing,” the judge said.
“The court is satisfied that Mr J’s conduct fell within the provision.”
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