Prosecutors at Lismore Courthouse leave a bail hearing for murder accused Javen O'Neill, 24.
Prosecutors at Lismore Courthouse leave a bail hearing for murder accused Javen O'Neill, 24. Northern Star

$400,000 bond for Chris Bradley murder accused

Friday, 5.30pm: MURDER accused Javen O'Neill will have to fork out a $400,000 surety bond if he is to be released on bail according to strict conditions set by the Local Court today.

Mr O'Neill, 24, remains in custody - despite being granted bail by a registrar in Lismore Local Court - due to a special stay of proceedings lodged by police and the DPP under a section of the Bail Act.

The prosecution now has until 4pm Thursday next week to lodge a detention application with the NSW Supreme Court in their bid to keep Mr O'Neill in custody.

However, if the Supreme Court upholds the Local Court's original decision to grant Mr O'Neill bail, he will be released.

The bail conditions include the accused fronting a $400,000 bond. The dual UK-Australian must also surrender both of his passports and cancel his Australian passport with the Australian Passport Office.

He would be required to live interstate for the duration of the court matter, at an address in East Freemantle, Perth.

Under the conditions he would also be required to report daily to Freemantle Police Station.

The matter returns to Lismore Local Court on January 16.

Prosecutors at Lismore Courthouse leave a bail hearing for murder accused Javen O'Neill, 24.
Prosecutors at Lismore Courthouse leave a bail hearing for murder accused Javen O'Neill, 24. Marc Stapelberg


Friday 1.06pm: THE man accused of the murder of Byron Bay DJ Chris Bradley will remain behind bars until a Supreme Court judge decides whether he is eligible for bail.

Javen O'Neill, 24, faced Lismore Local Court around noon today following his arrest yesterday morning.

The general public was denied entry to the court mention, however a couple believed to be Mr O'Neill's parents along with his defence lawyer were let into the courthouse about 11am.

They left from a side door about an hour later.

It's understood Mr O'Neill's lawyer made a bail application, which was opposed by police and the Department of Public Prosecutions.

Bail was granted by the Local Court registrar.

However, the prosecution lodged a stay of proceedings under Section 40 of the NSW Bail Act, which elevates the decision to the Supreme Court.

Section 40 allows the prosecution to stay proceedings only in the most serious offences such as murder and child abuse.

The prosecution now has three business days to lodge a formal detention application with the Supreme Court.

The stay remains in effect until the Supreme Court affirms or varies the original decision, or refuses to hear the detention application.

While the stay operates, Mr O'Neill will remain in custody.


Friday 10.05am: MEMBERS of the public will be denied entry into the Lismore courthouse this morning to witness the first court appearance of the man charged over the alleged murder of Byron Bay DJ Chris Bradley.

Javen O'Neill, 24, is expected to appear around 10am. It's unknown whether he is intending to apply for bail.

While the proceedings are technically open to the public, the courthouse is closed for two weeks due to the holiday break.

Mr O'Neill's court appearance will go ahead only with a magistrate, registrar, police and DPP prosecutors and Mr O'Neill's lawyer.

A couple believed to be Mr O'Neill's parents entered Lismore Police Station, next to the courthouse, with a lawyer shortly after 9am.

A man who said he was a close friend of Mr O'Neill's also turned up but left after being told the courthouse would be closed.

Mr O'Neill was arrested early yesterday morning at Byron-Ballina Gateway Airport having stepped off an inbound flight from Sydney.

He was allegedly present at a private Christmas party at a Carlyle St home in Byron Bay on Monday when Mr Bradley was killed.

Yesterday Tweed/Byron crime manager Brendon Cullen said police would allege Mr Bradley suffered "a number of blows to the head" at the gathering.


Thursday 2.46pm: A MAN will face court tomorrow charged over the alleged murder of Byron Bay DJ Chris Bradley on Christmas Day.

Detectives arrested 24-year-old Javen O'Neill just before 9am at Ballina Byron Gateway Airport.

Mr O'Neill, who lists his home address as Byron Bay, was taken to Ballina Police Station where he was charged with murder.

He was refused bail by police and will face Lismore Local Court tomorrow.

Police were yesterday investigating the possibility that Mr Bradley, 28, died following an altercation during a Christmas party at a home in Byron Bay.

A post-mortem examination is yet to determine the exact cause of death.

Emergency services were called to the Carlyle St home just before 11.30pm, responding to reports a man had collapsed.

Mr Bradley was unable to be revived and died at the scene.

An investigation by detectives from Tweed-Byron Local Area Command, assisted by officers from the State Crime Command's Homicide Squad, culminated in Mr O'Neill's arrest.