A MAN implicated in the death of Wodonga baby Charlotte Rose Keen has been remanded in custody over outstanding warrants relating to driving offences dating back several years.
Brett Noel Penrose was arrested by NSW police earlier this week on two counts each of disqualified driving and failing to appear at court.
Penrose, 41, was banned from driving for 18 months when he appeared at Wodonga Magistrates Court on May 28, 2008.
He was caught driving at Hay on December 23 that year and the case was subsequently adjourned to Albury Local Court.
Police stopped Penrose for a random breath test in Albury on February 5, 2009, and charged him after discovering he was disqualified driver.
He was on bail to appear at court for those offences and ultimately warrants were issued for him.
Penrose appeared in an out-of-sessions court in Albury on Thursday and made an application for bail which was rejected by registrar Wendy Howard.
He was represented by solicitor Tim Hemsley who said Penrose was working as a chef at Yarrawonga.
But he has separated from his wife and moved to a caravan park at Mulwala.
Penrose appeared in Wagga Local Court yesterday through a video link from Junee jail. His case has been adjourned to Griffith Local Court on October 9.
The inquest into Charlotte Rose Keen’s death finished earlier this month with coroner Jacinta Heffey expected to hand down a finding in November.
Charlotte died in Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital on December 17, 2004, three days short of her first birthday.
At the time, Penrose was the boyfriend of Charlotte’s mother Renee Jones.
Ms Jones said in evidence she believed Penrose was possibly responsible for injuries inflicted on her child.
He was caring for Charlotte on the night of December 11 when her mother was out with friends.
It was nine months after Charlotte’s death that Ms Jones told police of her suspicions.
Penrose did not give evidence at the inquest, but outside court denied any involvement in the child’s death.