Court Report #2

30/9/15                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Court, Bail hearing

A Melbourne man charged with multiple aggravated burglaries was denied bail yesterday, after a Magistrate found his extensive criminal history to be a “concern to the court”.

The man is accused of committing five offences over a three week period in June this year.

The Melbourne Magistrates Court was told the defendant had 18 prior convictions for drug offences since 1996.

Police informant Henry Luke said the defendant was a “heavy drug user by his own admission”, which had a direct correlation to his offending.

The accused has a history of mental illness and was recently diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Prior to his recent spate of offences, the accused had gone just over a year without being charged and was undergoing drug rehabilitation.

His attorney asked for bail on these grounds, telling the court his client had shown “some capacity to stay out of trouble”.

He suggested imposing a curfew on the defendant, as his alleged crimes had taken place late at night or early in the morning.

But Magistrate Franz Holzer said granting bail was not suitable after his “egregious offences”.

“His risk of re-offending remains high. I have not been convinced that the accused will not re-offend,” he said.

The man will be held in custody until his next hearing on October 12.

If you, or anyone you know is experiencing mental illness or drug abuse, contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.



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