DOUBLE FATAL: Emergency services attend the scene of a crash on the Isis Highway in which two people died. The crash occured early on 21 August, 2014 when two vehicles collided head on. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail
DOUBLE FATAL: Emergency services attend the scene of a crash on the Isis Highway in which two people died. The crash occured early on 21 August, 2014 when two vehicles collided head on. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail Max Fleet

Chinese national refused bail after Bundaberg double fatal

A HONG Kong tourist who killed two Hervey Bay men in a high-speed crash after allegedly crossing over to the wrong side of the road will remain behind bars until her trial.

Pui Shan Rachel Wong, 31, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday where she was committed to stand trial over the death of Mark Edward Smith, 51, and Steven Darryl Maher, 42, outside Bundaberg last year.

Ms Wong, via a Cantonese interpreter, did not enter a plea.

The court heard Ms Wong was travelling to her fruit picking job along Childers Rd when she allegedly overtook a vehicle and continued on the wrong side of the road before slamming into an oncoming car just before a crest in the road.

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Police prosecutor Acting Senior Constable Alice Faunce-De-Laune said Ms Wong posed an unacceptable risk of fleeing the country if released on bail given the serious charges she was facing.

She said investigators had 12 witness statements surrounding the crash, which included two people who witnessed the tragic events unfold during the early hours of August 21.

"We submit there is an unacceptable risk Ms Wong will fail to appear or surrender into custody," the police prosecutor said.

"Ms Wong has no known, or genuine ties to Australia, and is considered a flight risk.

"The Crown has a strong case and a custodial sentence is likely if she is found guilty."
 

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Defence barrister Laura Rouse said when Ms Wong started to overtake it was lawful to do so, but conceded that at the time of the collision double yellow lines had started.

She said Ms Wong and her passenger would also give evidence at her trial.

"There will be a question at trial surrounding speed," she said.

"There is also evidence that Ms Wong and the oncoming car took evasive action, but unfortunately still collided."

Magistrate Linda Bradford-Morgan refused the application on the grounds Ms Wong posed an unacceptable risk of failing to appear given she had no ties to Australia and was facing serious charges.

The case will be listed for mention in the Brisbane District Court at a future date.

- APN NEWSDESK.

 


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