Fugitive’s mum accused of breaching bail
A mother in custody after a jury found her guilty of helping her fugitive son flee the country ahead of his cocaine smuggling trial in Mackay is accused of breaching her bail while awaiting her own sentence.
Elizabeth Anne Turner is due to be sentenced for attempting to pervert the course of justice and three counts of perjury.
She had denied the charges but after a six-day Mackay District Court trial, which heard from 22 witnesses, she was found guilty.
A jury believed she bought and prepared a $75,000 yacht so her son, Markis Scott Turner, could abscond from Australia, and then lied to the supreme court about her actions.
Mr Turner is accused of importing about $20 million worth of cocaine from Colombia into Australia after the Australian Federal Police uncovered more than 71 kilograms of the drug concealed inside barrels of hydraulic oil at Mackay railway yards in 2011.
He had been on bail when the case was set down for trial in September 2015, but he failed to appear.
Mr Turner was later arrested in the Philippines in September 2017, where he has remained in custody.
His mother had told the supreme court during a hearing about a $450,000 bail surety that she believed her son had taken his own life.
Turner claimed she played no part in her son's escape and that he had used her money and details to make it look like she was involved.
The jury rejected her claims. Following this, Turner was initially granted bail while awaiting sentence, which was listed for December 15.
However it was revoked on that date when her solicitor pushed back the sentence date to early February and she was remanded in custody.
On Wednesday, Mackay Magistrates Court heard she was charged with one count of breaching bail.
It is alleged the offence occurred on December 12 in Mackay and was in relation to her reporting conditions.
The matter was adjourned until the end of this month for mention.