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Alleged Palm Island rioter applies for bail

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 23 February 2005

One of the alleged ringleaders of last year's Palm Island riot has lodged a legal appeal in a bid to return to the island.

Alleged rioter John Major Clumpoint says his bail conditions, which prevent him returning to the island, are too onerous.

Last month, a Supreme Court bid to alter his bail failed when Justice John Muir found it was still too early for him to return home.

Today in the Court of Appeal, Clumpoint's barrister Brett Walker SC argued circumstances on the island have changed and cited the recent visit of the Queensland Premier to Palm Island.

The Crown argued Clumpoint was lucky to to be granted bail in the first place because he was allegedly a ringleader in the riots.

The three Appeal Court justices reserved their decision.

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