Bail subject to review

REVIEW: A decision to grant a local woman charged with attempted murder home detention bail could be reviewed.
REVIEW: A decision to grant a local woman charged with attempted murder home detention bail could be reviewed.

A 37-year-old Whyalla woman charged with attempted murder has been granted home detention bail by a Magistrate, however the decision may be reviewed by the Director of Public Prosecution.

Christine Lambadgee appeared via video link in the Whyalla Magistrates Court on Monday, with the prosecution moving to remand her in custody until her Charge Determination Date in June 2019.

The prosecution reasoned that DNA analysis of blood recovered at the scene would take 10 months to complete and that police were still gathering statements from witnesses to the crime.

Concerns about the potential for Ms Lambadgee to interfere with witnesses were also raised by the prosecution, as one is a family member.

The prosecution also raised Ms Lambadgee’s prior criminal record, which includes the assault of a police  officer in 2012 and two breaches of bail in 2009.

The defence argued that under the confines of home detention bail there would be no way for Ms Lambadgee to interfere with witnesses. 

They also argued that Ms Lambadgee’s prior convictions were a ‘significant number of years ago’ when she was younger and dealing with other issues.

The court heard that the victim of the alleged stabbing had been released from hospital, and that they were not a Whyalla resident.

It was heard that the victim had suffered three stab wounds, including one in the chest.

The victim was airlifted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital after the incident, which happened on Panter Street on Friday, August 10.

The Magistrate acknowledged the prosecution’s hands were tied in relation to the wait period for DNA results, but said it would be an ‘unsatisfactory situation’ if Ms Lambadgee was remanded in custody until June 2019.

The Magistrate granted the application to place Ms Lambadgee under home detention. A spokesperson from the Office of the DPP said the decision may be reviewed.

“The Director has 72 hours from the time at which bail was granted in the Magistrates Court in which to reach a final view as to whether a Review of the grant of bail is appropriate,” they said.

“Whether a Review is appropriate is currently being considered.”

The Charge Determination Date for Ms Lambadgee was fixed as June 12 at 11:30am in Port Augusta.