Manslaughter accused walks out on bail

THE man charged over the death of Vietnam War veteran Norman Olsen will be released from prison on Monday.

James Darren David Callow, 23, successfully applied in Brisbane Supreme Court for bail on his manslaughter case but he must adhere to strict conditions.

Mr Olsen, a Tweed Heads resident dubbed a Good Samaritan, died from injuries allegedly sustained when Mr Callow pushed him backwards and his head hit the ground in Wilsonton on February 22.

The supreme court heard the 65-year-old was a passer-by who stopped to help when he saw Mr Callow fighting with his former partner and baby.

Justice Ann Lyons, who viewed CCTV footage of the incident, said there were punches thrown from both men and it was likely Mr Callow would use self-defence and accident as his defences at trial.

She said Mr Callow likely would be jailed for six to nine years if he were found guilty.

Crown prosecutor Charles Martin argued Mr Callow had a violent character and a proven propensity for domestic violence.

He said even the conditions proposed for bail were not sufficient to reduce the risk Mr Callow would re-offend, interfere with witnesses and skip court.

But Justice Lyons said she was satisfied strict conditions could adequately address the risk.

Mr Callow must report to Gold Coast Mental Health Service within 24 hours of his release and must attend Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Service within 48 hours.

He must attend counselling for anger management, abstain from drugs and submit to random testing.

Mr Callow can have no contact with his former partner and child without permission from authorities.

The case will return to Toowoomba Magistrates Court on July 26. - ARM NEWSDESK



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