Accused murderer bailed and told to come back for GPS tracker
Jayden Moorea (formerly Dan Shearin) has been released from custody without a GPS tracker. (Facebook)
The Queensland Law Society has questioned why GPS trackers are not stored in regional areas after an accused murderer was released on the Gold Coast, without a device fitted, and then asked to return when one became available.
Jayden Moorea, who legally changed his name from Dan Shearin, was last month charged with the murder of his ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Breeana Robinson.
The former Gold Coast Titans cheerleader died after falling from the 11th storey of Mr Moorea’s Southport apartment in 2013.
On Monday, the 45-year-old was granted bail under what Supreme Court Justice Debra Mullins described as the “most stringent” conditions.
They included he wear a GPS tracking device, abide by an 8:00pm curfew and not access social media platforms.
Police in the Southport watch house released Mr Moorea without a GPS tracking device and asked him to return when one was available.
This has the Queensland Law Society President Bill Potts asking why this was possible.
“It’s passing strange there are only 500 of these things in the state … and the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and other regional centres must surely have a need for these if magistrates or judges make the order,” the Gold Coast-based lawyer said.
“Why do we not have them, at least a store of them, on the Gold Coast and why do we not have people trained to fit them.”
The Queensland Police Minister, Mark Ryan, said they had been evaluating the state-wide demand for GPS trackers and that process had just been completed.
“As of yesterday GPS trackers will be pre-deployed on the Gold Coast and over this year they will be pre-deployed state-wide,” he said.
In the case of Mr Morrea, Mr Ryan said all court orders were complied with.
“Even in the most recent instance those agreements with the courts, in accordance with court orders, have been fulfilled,” he said.
“It was always the arrangements with the courts that they would make a time for people to come and be fitted with GPS trackers and we’ve been meeting those guidelines, those agreements with the court.”
Mr Moorea is expected to return to the Southport watch house tomorrow and have the device fitted.
Bail order needs clarifying
The Law Society president said there was also a discrepancy between judges who granted bail on the condition defendants wear GPS trackers.
Mr Potts said the court ordered Mr Moorea be released on bail and then have a device fitted.
Breeana Robinson died after falling from Jayden Moorea’s Southport balcony in 2013. (AAP: Jono Searle)
He said a specific order was required to detain a defendant until a GPS tracker was attached.
“I’ve had a particular client remain in custody for five days during which time he was said to have been fit for bail, but it was five days until police were able to bring the tracking device down to the Gold Coast,” he said.
“I think what needs to happen is some standardisation of the orders, but more importantly the Gold Coast needs to have its own store of these things and its own trained personnel.”
Under Mr Moorea’s other bail conditions, he is required to notify police before he enters into a sexual relationship and he must surrender his passport and report to police six days a week.