Magistrate orders mental health assessment

CONLAN James "CJ" Kapay, 26, the man accused of stabbing Dean Robertson in Benaraby, will remain in custody after his legal representative did not make a bail application.

Kapay, from West Gladstone who turns 27 this month, appeared in custody before Gladstone Magistrate Mark Morrow yesterday charged with the unlawful wounding of Mr Robertson, 30, at the Boyne River Tourist Park on December 4; and making a threat to cause serious harm.

Police were called to the scene just after 1am on Friday and reported Mr Robertson had received a wound to his back.

Kapay sat quietly behind the glass partition as his lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said there was no bail application as people considering providing him accommodation were still discussing the matter.

The court heard that there was provision under the Mental Health Act for the court to make an assessment order but there first had to be a recommendation made by a GP.

A police request had earlier been refused.

Mr Morrow made the order for Kapay to be assessed by a mental health professional and police must ensure this was done.

His matters will be rementioned today.

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