Tom Starky, Isabelle Rose McKean: Pair charged with alleged stabbing of man in Pomona, Queensland

A tradie charged alongside an Onlyfans creator with the stabbing of a man will be subjected to random drug tests by his mother while on bail, a court has been told.

Pomona man Tom Starky made a bid for freedom in Brisbane Supreme Court after being charged and remanded in custody over the alleged stabbing of the man, who was known to him, in September last year.

Mr Starky’s co-accused Isabelle Rose McKean, a Queensland-based Onlyfans creator, is also accused of taking part in the alleged incident.

On Thursday Brisbane Supreme Court was told there were factual issues relating to Mr Starky’s alleged conduct, including whether or not he inflicted the wound on the complainant.

Supreme Court Justice Frances Williams noted Mr Starky’s mother had offered to conduct random drug testing on her son if he were to reside with her while on bail, according to an affidavit filed in court.

“That might even be better, she might present a greater threat to him than the police do,” Mr Starky’s barrister Tim Ryan KC quipped.

Police allege Mr Starky and Ms McKean forced their way into a home on Pine Street in Pomona, in the Noosa Shire region on the Sunshine Coast, about 11pm on September 20, 2023.

A man, 23, was allegedly stabbed before the pair fled.

Mr Starky, a Pomona apprentice carpenter and Ms McKean, an Onlyfans content creator based in Cooroy, were both located at a Pottery St address just after midnight.

Both have been charged with enter dwelling with intent at night while armed, wounding and wilful damage while Mr Starky is also facing several other drug-related charges.

Bail was opposed by the crown despite submissions from Mr Ryan his client would comply with “significant” restrictions if released on bail.

They included non-contact orders with Ms McKean, abiding by a curfew from 9pm and engaging with drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Mr Starky would reside with his mother in Pomona and had work lined up with a labourer upon release, the court heard.

Justice Williams said issues had been raised about the strength of the crown’s case on the more serious charge of wounding, including whether there would be a “reduction” of the case against Mr Starky.

Mr Ryan said it was not alleged his client inflicted the wounds or wounds which constituted the unlawful wounding charge, nor is it alleged he was aware his co-accused was carrying a bladed weapon.

“There would have to be evidence the applicant shared a common intention … to not just threaten the complainant and demand money, but to do so with a bladed instrument,” he said.

Mr Ryan said his client was also at risk of spending too much time in custody should the matter proceed to trial next year.

“It is acknowledged the offending is serious and there is likely a link between the applicant’s drug use and the current offending,” Justice Williams said.

“It is in these circumstances that particular regard has been had to a rehabilitation course as part of the proposed conditions.”

Mr Starky was ultimately granted bail on the conditions outlined to Justice Williams.

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