Violent history stops drug addict's release from jail

AN ALLEGED drug addict tried to convince a Supreme Court justice that he should be released on bail, but was unsuccessful.

Wade Anthony Bartz, 42, applied for bail at Brisbane Supreme Court yesterday but was refused because he did not properly show how he could rehabilitate from drugs.

Mr Bartz, who is from Morayfield and is believed to have lived at Lowood previously, argued he had served sufficient time in custody and had been on remand for offences that had not reached any form of resolution.

As part of his bail application, Mr Bartz suggested living with his parents and visiting a GP to access counselling, being drug tested and reporting to police.

But Justice John Byrne said no specific counselling program had been identified. He also said it was not clear who would pay for drug testing and it was not outlined what the consequences would be if Mr Bartz tested positive.

Justice Byrne also said if Mr Bartz did not go into residential rehabilitation, he would likely find a way to get meth and if he did, there was a prospect he would commit other offences.

But Mr Bartz said his family had tried to make inquiries about getting him into rehab and that his violent history and need for pain medication would preclude him from being accepted.

"There's no way I'd get into a rehab," Mr Bartz said.

Justice Byrne dismissed Mr Bartz's bail application.


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