Mum, grandma set to lose $550k bail if man skips court

THE mother and grandmother of one-time Mackay millionaire mining boss Markis Scott Turner could lose the $550,000 they paid for his freedom while he waits trial over an alleged $20 million cocaine importation racket.

If Mr Turner does not appear in court at 9.30am on Monday November 9, his mother Elizabeth Turner will likely lose $520,000 and Betty Dunmall could lose $30,000.

It is believed the 42-year-old's wife and children have moved to Poland.

His mother fears Mr Turner, who was living in Kilgour St, East Mackay, has killed himself.

The former CQE Materials and Handling director disappeared about mid-August when he failed to report to Mackay police station.

Mrs Turner and Mrs Dunmall paid Mr Turner's bail when he faced court for the first time on June 1, 2011, after Australian Federal Police charged him with conspiring to traffic, import or export and manufacture commercial quantities of cocaine.

On October 14 this year, the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions took Mrs Turner and Mrs Dunmall to court to force them to forfeit their sureties after Mr Turner allegedly breached his bail conditions by not appearing in court when required.

However, lawyers for Mrs Turner and Mrs Dunmall told the Supreme Court in Brisbane Mr Turner did not appear for his trial on September 29 because the case was delisted.

They argued the de-listing meant there was no court to attend.

Mrs Turner told the court she was worried her son had taken his own life after battling depression.

"This matter had been going on for five years and over that time I had seen (him) be very up and down with his mental health and I expected that he would improve," she said in an affidavit.

On Wednesday, Justice Peter Flanagan found the defendant did not breach the condition.

"The delisting of the defendant's trial meant that no court was constituted before which the defendant could appear and surrender into custody," Justice Flanagan said.

"There has therefore, at this stage at least, been no failure on the part of the defendant to appear before the court in accordance with his undertaking and surrender into custody. "

Mr Turner and co-accused Juan Pablo Ocampo Alvarez, Alexis Giovany Gomez Ruiz and German Rendon Alvarez were charged after Australian Federal Police found more than 50kg of cocaine inside 17 barrels of hydraulic oil at the Mackay railway yards in 2011.

The three co-accused had lived in Mackay for about two years before the bust.

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