Chace Kevin Fitzpatrick will remain behind bars after being charged with fresh offences while being out on bail. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily
Chace Kevin Fitzpatrick will remain behind bars after being charged with fresh offences while being out on bail. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Teen allegedly hid behind shower curtain to avoid arrest

A teenager will remain behind bars after he allegedly racked up 13 fresh charges while out on bail for “serious offences”.

Chace Kevin Fitzpatrick, 19, allegedly hid behind a shower curtain when police turned up to his house to arrest him.

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Magistrate Haydn Stjernqvist told Caloundra Magistrates Court it was “ambitious” for Fitzpatrick to apply for bail considering he allegedly reoffended days after being released from custody.

Fitzpatrick’s lawyer Rod Morgan noted there were a number of breaching bail charges.

“Mr Fitzpatrick instructs he turned up late to report,” he said.

“After not being able to report that day because he was late, he thought he would get locked up and hasn’t reported since then.”

Mr Morgan told the court Fitzpatrick was living in Yandina with his mother.

“He instructs he’s not struggling with a severe addiction as such, but he is struggling with some past trauma that he is looking for some help for,” he said.

Fitzpatrick faces multiple charges, including driving under the influence, stealing and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.

He is yet to enter any pleas.

Police prosecutor Brendan Newman opposed the bail application.

“I think the objection to bail speaks for itself,” he said.

Sergeant Newman told the court Fitzpatrick was previously on bail when he allegedly committed indictable offences.

“He doesn’t seem to be able to comply with that order so we say he’s an unacceptable risk of failing to appear and committing further offences,” he said.

“Quite evidently, he’s racking up new charges.”

Sgt Newman said Fitzpatrick did not seem to want to appear in court.

“I understand the objection to bail speaks to the fact that he was hiding behind a shower curtain and police had to gain entry to find him at that location,” he said.

Mr Stjernqvist said it appeared Fitzpatrick did not want to comply with the bail conditions after being released from custody for “serious offences”.

“You quickly committed another raft of offences,” he said.

“You’re clearly an unacceptable risk of failing to appear, reoffending, endangering witnesses and the public generally,” he said.
Mr Stjernqvist refused Fitzpatrick bail.

The matters were adjourned until November 3.