Wagga man does not apply for bail in order to resist temptations of substance abuse over Christmas

Wagga Local Court
Wagga Local Court

A Wagga man has decided jail is better than the temptation of alcohol and drugs this festive season. 

Nathan Tai Flavell opted not to make a bail application over the Christmas period when his case was mentioned in Wagga Local Court this week. 

Solicitor David Barron told the court his client had taken time to think and he didn’t want to make an application for bail. 

“Christmas and New Year is a high-risk time for people with substance abuse issues,” Mr Barron said. 

“He feels he would be safer inside custody than out, which is an honest assessment of his own capabilities.

“He recognises he needs some help and will appreciate it if it’s made available to him.” 

The 40-year-old is facing trial in Wagga District Court on February 19, accused of committing a robbery while armed with an offensive weapon at Ashmont on May 29. 

Magistrate Erin Kennedy told Flavell it was “refreshing” to hear him showing such insight. 

“You are someone who knows what needs to be done to fix things up, which is positive,” Ms Kennedy said.