Alleged kidnapper caught with drugs on bail

AN Albury man facing charges over a violent abduction breached bail on Tuesday night by being caught out after his curfew with drugs in his possession, a court heard yesterday.

Mathew Stephen Riley was charged with two counts of drug possession after being arrested when driving in Pemberton Street about 8.50pm.

He has an 8pm curfew imposed over the abduction matter.

Solicitor James Sloan said Riley, 34, of Fern Place, Albury, admitted the bail breach.

Police prosecutor Sgt Tanya Eade-Smith opposed bail, saying there was concern about future appearances at court and further offending.

Mr Sloan said Riley pleaded guilty to possessing small amounts of amphetamine and cannabis.

“I would submit it is not serious enough to revoke his bail,” Mr Sloan said.

It is alleged Riley was involved in the abduction of a woman, 19, earlier this year.

Police allege the woman gave an associate of Riley $1050 for cannabis.

The woman was abducted by the co-accused and Riley drove them to a residence in Albury.

Magistrate Tony Murray said it was a strong prosecution case against Riley for the alleged abduction.

Mr Murray said a substantial surety was required for Riley considering his background.

Bail was set at $6000 — $3000 surety and $3000 cash deposit required.

Mr Murray said he considered the previous bail imposed on Riley was woefully inadequate.