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A 38 YEAR-OLD Korumburra man
was sentenced to a 24-month com-
munity corrections order, with 125
hours of community work, in the
Wonthaggi Magistrates’ Court last
week over more trouble at the Ko-
rumburra Railway Station.
This time it was Kelvin Holton who
pleaded guilty to charges that he had
broken windows at the station and
threatened two of the tourist rail vol-
unteers after they forced him out of
a unit he was living in at the station.
In a summary of the case against
Holton, it was alleged that he became
upset after being forced to leave the
unit in late 2013, due to unruly be-
haviour, when the railway station
caretaker had cut off his power and
Holton returned to the station on
April 16, 2014 and smashed three
windows, later denying he was there
to police. On May 9, 2014, he also
punctured two rear tyres of a rail
In June this year he allegedly
threatened the two staff members
who had witnessed the earlier inci-
dents and was also accused of steal-
ing firewood from the station.
In August this year, the Korum-
burra Magistrates’ Court issued
personal safety intervention orders
designed to protect the two men
from Holton but in September, it is
alleged he went to the railway sta-
tion, yelled abuse at the men and
overturned a table breaking a glass
and an ashtray.
Magistrate Steve Raleigh said
Holton was an alcoholic who did
things he later regretted while under
As a result, he made it a condi-
tion of his CCO that he not attend
licensed premises and undertake
programs designed to reduce his
chances of re-offending, including
drug and alcohol, mental health and
offending behaviour programs.
“If you breach any of these orders,
you’ll go to jail, ” Mr Raleigh said.
Holton was also ordered to pay
SATURDAY, October 19 2013 is a day that
three young local lads will remember for the rest
of their lives.
On that fateful day, Caleb Boucher and Blake
Tomada were out enjoying the beach with mates
at ‘The Oaks’ in Cape Paterson, when tragedy
A freak wave knocked friends Caleb Gale and
Leighton Erbs off the rocks and into the rough
Blake Tomada approached the edge of the
rocks and was able to grab Caleb Gale as a wave
pushed him towards the rocks.
Tomada’s actions ultimately saved Caleb’s life.
Caleb Boucher also approached the edge of the
rocks and helped Gale across a channel to safety.
Tragically, Erbs was later found and was un-
able to be resuscitated.
Tributes flowed for the Mirboo North teenager
and the brave efforts of Boucher and Tomada
Last Tuesday, those efforts were officially
recognised when the pair were presented with
Bronze Bravery Medals at a ceremony at Govern-
Boucher said the pair were unsure what to do
when they received the invitation in the mail.
“We were unsure whether we should accept
it, because in the process of saving someone we
also lost someone,” he said.
“We both decided for Caleb Gale’s sake we
would, because he really wanted us to have it.
“The last two years have been pretty up and
down, but I guess we’re all pretty close now.
“Even though we could go weeks or months
without seeing each other, sometimes we say
‘let’s catch up’ and it’s like we haven’t missed a
day seeing each other really.”
Although the last two years have been tough for
the teenagers, Boucher said he appreciates the
support shown by friends and family.
“I’ve had a heap of support because I don’t live
at home, I live with friends and they’re really sup-
portive,” he said.
“It’s an honour receiving the award, an unex-
pected honour actually, it just came in the mail
“I guess if I had to, I’d do it again.”
Cape Paterson’s Caleb Boucher and Dumbalk’s Blake Tomada were presented with Bronze Bravery
Medals at Government House last Tuesday for their brave efforts in rescuing friend Caleb Gale, right,
after he was swept from rocks at The Oaks in Cape Paterson in October 2013.
Teens awarded for
brave Oaks rescue
By Mitch Guy
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