Missing boys agreed to meet with police and return to mum
THE Brady brothers, 14-year-old Jayden and 11-year-old Joseph, were returned to their mother's custody late yesterday after eight days on the run from authorities.
Since their disappearance police had been liaising with the family.
The boys agreed to meet police at Suffolk Park about noon yesterday.
When their father Daniel Brady faced Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday, prosecutor Brett Gradisnik said there was a "real concern" for the protection of the children.
It is alleged that in the early hours of Sunday morning the brothers were removed by Daniel Brady from the Tweed Heads home where their mother lives with their grandparents.
"Certainly there's been some suggestion there's involvement by the accused to use the young children, essentially getting them to do things for him," the Gold Coast Bulletin reported Sgt Gradisnik as saying.
"The family unit lives a nomadic type of existence in bushland."
Sgt Gradisnik suggested Brady may have taken his sons in an attempt to reconcile with their mother.
"It's the father that's manipulated the children to further his aims, certainly to try to get the family back together," he said.
Mr Brady's solicitor Ian McKay said the "rumour mill" was that the children were living in the bush somewhere near Byron but even his client did not know their whereabouts.
"There's been large efforts to keep that secret from him, he doesn't know where they live," Mr McKay said.
"It's a matter where police are trying to find these children and Mr Brady would like to find these children.
"The fact is, I don't think anybody is suggesting he's a risk to these children."
Magistrate Peter Bugden said Brady was an unacceptable risk if granted bail, citing a strong prosecution case.
"I've got no confidence that any orders I would impose would result in the offender abiding by any conditions that would give the court any comfort that he would appear for proceedings," Mr Bugden said.
Brady will next appear in Mullumbimby Local Court on October 16.