Man seeks home detention

COURT: Paul Peter Romeo will reappear in court next Thursday.
COURT: Paul Peter Romeo will reappear in court next Thursday.

A Port Lincoln man facing deception and fraud charges has had his request for bail delayed while the defence prepares a home detention assessment.

Paul Peter Romeo, 51, was arrested following a police investigation into alleged dishonesty and fraud offences relating to the sale of rainwater tanks across Eyre Peninsula and a search of his Port Lincoln business.

In Port Lincoln Magistrates Court on Wednesday, the defence said Mr Romeo’s mother in Adelaide could act as a guarantor for her son during home detention.

The prosecution said it was worried that if home detention was granted the defendant could contact witnesses and interfere with proceedings.

Mr Romeo’s home detention would be in Adelaide, despite his business and residence being in Port Lincoln.

Mr Romeo was charged with three counts of making false pretense of identity, five counts of deceiving to benefit self, one count of threat of property damage and six counts of passing valueless cheques, which totalled more than $9300.

The prosecution said it would also prepare documents investigating whether Mr Romeo could access ceased company files via remote access if he were granted home detention. 

Mr Romeo will reappear in court next Thursday morning after a home detention assessment is conducted.