Accused hit and run killer faces Toowoomba court

A KINGSTHORPE driver charged with what police described as a hit-and-run which left an Oakey man dead has made his first appearance in court.

Tyrone Desmond Owen Mason, 28, appeared before Toowoomba Magistrates Court yesterday on a charge of "failing to make reasonable endeavours to obtain medical aid (to a person injured in a traffic incident) and showing callous disregard" arising from the November incident.

Oakey father-of-three Bruce Mitchell, 43, was found dead at the side of Hamlyn Rd in Oakey about 4.45am, Monday, November 30.

Police believe he was struck by a vehicle some time the previous night as he walked home from Eagles Boys Pizza store about 2km from home.

His body was found just 500m from Mr Mitchell's Hamlyn Rd residence.

Mason handed himself into police the next day after investigating police made requests through the media for witnesses to come forward.

He stood silently beside his lawyer Amanda Schmidt of Kennedy Spanner Lawyers who asked for an adjournment for further mention of the matter.

Magistrate Bruce Schemioneck said since the incident was alleged to have taken place in Oakey he would transfer the case to that jurisdiction.

He remanded Mason on conditional bail to appear in Oakey Magistrates Court for mention on February 3.


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