Former fugitive Daniel Allan Baker will find out this week whether gets bail to help his partner raise their newborn son.
Mr Baker, faces 11 charges of fraud, stealing and misconduct dating back to his time as the Camooweal Police Officer-in-Charge and applied for bail in a video appearance in Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday, June 10.
The former policeman was arrested in Darwin in February and had been returned to Queensland to stand trial.
Mr Baker's Legal Aid representative said if he was to receive bail and reside in Maleny, Mr Baker had prospects of employment and would be near his partner and child.
"His partner Rachel Moore in the last few days has given birth to his son, their first born child. (She is) currently in Adelaide but intends to relocate to Queensland should he get bail so they could be together as a family and a support to him," the lawyer said.
"There is no real suggestion that he is at risk of re-offending or a risk to the safety of community in other ways.
"He has experience working in the racing industry and prospects of employment with the Brisbane Eagle Farm Racecourse or the Sunshine Coast Racecourse."
The Legal Aid representative also said there were other measures that could be put in place including reporting to Maleny Police Station, implement a curfew or a GPS tracker.
"He is not new to the justice system, he was a serving police officer and this matter has been delayed for some time now, due to being unable to locate Mr Baker," Sgt Hutchins said.
"He is well aware of his obligations to the court, well aware of the way in which we locate persons and that is why he has gone to certain lengths to be failed to be located.
"He is also aware of the difficulty if he leaves the Queensland jurisdiction that he places on Queensland police officers to locate him and that it requires other services to locate him and be extradited."
Sgt Hutchins said if Mr Baker was released they would be back in the same situation.
"There is not a wall that would stop him from going over the border," he said.
Mount Isa Acting Magistrate Richard Lehmann will make a decision on application for bail on Friday June 14 at 8.30am.
- courtesy North West Star