A second man has faced charges relating to planting a “golf ball bomb” which blew off an Ipswich teenager’s fingers in May.

37-year-old Mark Tear was released on bail, after a brief appearance in Ipswich Magistrates Court this morning.

Elizabeth Lyons reports.


After the teenager was injured by the make shift bomb, police searched the property where Tear and another man lived.

Bomb squad officers carried out 18 controlled explosions to clear the West Ipswich property.

Tear is facing charges of grevious bodily harm, manufacturing explosives without authority and two counts of unlawfully despositing explosives.

In applying for bail Barrister Steve Kissick said his client, injured in another explosion, requires ongoing medical attention and needs to run a concreting business.

Prosecutor Senior Sergeant Kevin Cormont opposed bail on the grounds that Tear has a very good motive to interfere with witnesses.

Hearing both detailed submissions Magistrate Andy Cridland considered Tear to be low risk and unlikely to commit another offence or put the safety of the public at risk.

On that basis the Magistrate granted bail.

The other man charged with planting the bomb and manufacturing explosives, Glen Dell, shared the rented home with Tear.

He remains in custody.

Mark Tear made no comment in court and was free to leave, set to reappear at the end of the month.

Elizabeth Lyons, QUT News.