After issuing photos of Glen Porritt a couple of weeks ago, police caught up with him on the Gold Coast the other day and brought him back to Canberra.
Police yesterday named Mr Porritt a “significant witness” in the investigation into his mother’s murder, the Canberra Times reported.
He failed to show to a directions hearing for the inquest and a warrant for his arrest was subsequently issued. He was arrested in Surfers Paradise by police who had initially stopped him for not wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle. Apparently he allegedly falsely told police his name was Christopher Davies.
ACT Chief Magistrate Ron Cahill refused bail, saying there was too much of a risk he would leave Canberra again. Mr Cahill said Porritt had taken “fairly precise steps to disappear” and the fact he had left his home, his job, moved interstate and allegedly given police in Queensland a false name all indicated he was trying to avoid appearing at the inquest.
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“The inquiry is serious enough and his role in the inquiry is significant enough for me to ensure that he is here,” Mr Cahill said.