Accused hit-and-run killer to remain behind bars
A British man accused of killing a Gold Coast father in a hit-and-run and later trying to flee the country will remain behind bars.
Graham Belcher, 52, faces seven charges for his alleged involvement in a three-vehicle crash at a Tweed intersection in September last year.
Scott Rose, 39, a father of two who worked for Village Roadshow theme parks, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another man was taken to The Tweed Hospital with chest injuries.
Belcher was arrested at Brisbane International Airport trying to board a one-way flight to the United Kingdom hours after Mr Rose's death and was extradited from Queensland.
He yesterday appeared via video link in Tweed Heads Local Court where he applied for bail.
Magistrate Geoff Dunlevy read through written submissions tendered by Belcher's defence lawyer and the Director of Public Prosecutions before declining bail.
Mr Dunlevy said Belcher had a poor history of complying with court orders and was caught trying to flee the country after the alleged offences.
He accepted there was contention on proving the dangerous driving charge but said there was still a strong case on the remaining charges including negligent driving occasioning death.
Mr Dunlevy said the defence argued Belcher could spend more time in jail than a potential sentence because of a delay in proceedings.
"It's anticipated there will be a significant delay in the finalisation of these proceedings," Mr Dunlevy said.
"It's very unlikely a trial date will be set this year … it will more likely be towards the end of next year.
"There is certainly a strong case on the failure to stop charge and negligent driving occasioning death charge.
"The defendant was on bail for reasonably serious offences at the time of the alleged incident.
"The facts, as presented, potentially show very grave concerns of failure to appear … it is alleged after the offences, Mr Belcher tried to leave the country with a one-way ticket to the United Kingdom and was arrested at an international airport."
Belcher was refused bail.
His case will return to court on June 17 for the presentation of a case conference certificate.