Camera hit after bail refusal

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
The inmate appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court via video link from Bunbury Regional Prison.
Camera IconThe inmate appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court via video link from Bunbury Regional Prison. Credit: WA News

A prisoner smashed a camera moments after begging for bail and claiming he was turning his life around while on video link to Bunbury Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Magistrate David Maclean was forced to mute Bunbury Regional Prison’s microphone after inmate Ryan Roger Barr, 35, constantly spoke over him during an appearance.

Mr Barr pulled multiple rude fingers at the camera and could be seen yelling before staring down the lens and hitting the camera.

The actions were in response to Magistrate Maclean refusing bail.

Mr Barr is facing four counts of breaching violence restraining orders and one of threatening to kill.

The court was told, Mr Barr had an extensive history of breaching court orders with police prosecutors strongly opposing bail.

Defence lawyer Ken Bates represented Mr Barr via audio link and argued that his client had made steps to turn his life around.

The court was told, Mr Barr had even shown interest in billionaire philanthropist Andrew Forrest’s program for incarcerated Aboriginals.

Magistrate Maclean said that while Mr Barr could not be further penalised for his criminal history, his record did show an inability to follow court orders such as bail conditions.

Mr Barr is yet to plea over the breach charges and will go to trial over the threat to kill in August.

Magistrate Maclean continued with video appearances on Thursday despite vision being completely blurred as a result of Mr Barr’s actions.

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