Kuttabul woman Teagan Moore was allegedly stabbed in her home while holding her 10 month old baby.
Kuttabul woman Teagan Moore was allegedly stabbed in her home while holding her 10 month old baby.

Interstate mum-stabbing accused seeks hi-tech bail

A HI-TECH bail alert system was proposed for a man accused of travelling from South Australia and stabbing a former employee near Mackay.

Bakery manager Jason Wayne Greatbatch was accused of flying from Ceduna to Mackay, then driving to Kuttabul and stabbing Teagan Moore and her partner Jake Burgess.

Mr Greatbatch was arrested in South Australia and detectives extradited him to Queensland on New Year's Day, 2016.

On Friday, a defence barrister proposed a bracelet from Lone Worker Australia be fitted to Mr Greatbatch, 37.

The company supplies monitoring systems for people working in isolated or at-risk areas.

Brisbane Supreme Court heard a bolt cutter or angle grinder would be needed to remove the bracelet - but the Crown said that was not good enough.

Defence counsel Joshua Jones said he'd been told a proposed South Australian bail address for Mr Greatbatch was now 450km from Ms Moore - who has moved house.

Though granted bail in September 2016, Mr Greatbatch could not meet bail conditions and so had been in custody since his extradition.

Mr Jones said a tracking device would set off alarms if Mr Greatbatch travelled further than 2.5km from his bail address.

"It will continue to send alerts every 10m,” Mr Jones said.

Prosecutor David Finch said questions remained about how any breach would be dealt with.

"The alarm has to be received, acted on, then alerted.”

Mr Finch said the accused stabber "could be very significantly on his way” to his alleged victim before anyone could stop him.

"If he leaves in the middle of the night then what happens?” Justice John Bond asked.

Lone Worker Australia technical director Richard Dixon said operators would be alerted if Mr Greatbatch went outside his designated area.

Any breach would be "high priority” for staff monitoring the devices, Mr Dixon added.

On Friday afternoon, Justice Bond said he was still worried about the possible risk Mr Greatbatch presented.

Police alleged Ms Moore was holding her baby at the time she was stabbed.

Despite the "geo-fencing” proposal, bail was refused. -NewsRegional



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