Police arrested Conlan James 'CJ' Kapay after the stabbing incident at a caravan park on December 4.
Police arrested Conlan James 'CJ' Kapay after the stabbing incident at a caravan park on December 4. Declan Cooley

Mental health assessment for Benaraby stabbing accused

CONLAN James 'CJ' Kapay, 26, the man accused of stabbing Dean Robertson in Benaraby, will remain in custody after his legal representative did not make a bail application.

Kapay, from West Gladstone who turns 27 this month, appeared in custody before Gladstone magistrate Mark Morrow yesterday charged with the unlawful wounding of Mr Robertson, 30, at the Boyne River Tourist Park on December 4; and making a threat to cause serious harm.

Police were called to the scene just after 1am on Friday and report Mr Robertson received a wound to his back.

His case was mentioned at 3pm and Kapay, sometimes with a fleeting smile, sat quietly behind the glass partition as his lawyer Cassandra Ditchfield said there was no bail application as a people considering to provide him accommodation were still discussing the matter.

The court heard that there was provision under the Mental Health Act for the court to make an assessment order but there first had to be a recommendation made by a GP.

A police request had earlier been refused.

Mr Morrow made the order for Kapay to be assessed by a mental health professional and police must ensure this was done.

Kapay also faces charges of driving when disqualified, and possession of a knife in a public place.

On Monday, when the matter first went before the court, Kapay's mother attended and the court was told there were mental health concerns about Kapay.

Police arrested Kapay on Saturday night outside a Benaraby store following a two day search.

His matters will be rementioned today.