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walks free from court
HE’S responsible for graffiti spraying nu-
merous premises in Wonthaggi’s CBD with his
personal tag ‘Shaggs’, causing thousands of
He was in the company of two other crimi-
nals when a local property owner was set upon
and bashed several times in the head with a
tyre lever, after he challenged them about dam-
aging and interfering with his machinery.
He’s been raided by local police time and
time again for drug use and possession, under
suspicion of trafficking,
He continues to drive while drugged and dis-
And to expose his family to some of the worst
excesses of drug use and abuse.
By his own admission, through his lawyer in
court last Friday, he agreed his life has spi-
ralled out of control on the drug ice.
But despite all that, and after facing initially
61 charges, cut down to 35 on the consolida-
tion of more than a dozen briefs of evidence,
for offences committed between December
2014 and October 2016; Brent Anderson 33
of Wonthaggi walked free from the Wonthaggi
Magistrates’ Court last Friday.
He had previously served 45 days on remand
in January 2016. That was taken into account.
As part of the penalty he received from Mag-
istrate Fiona Hayes, for his role in the vicious
assault of a 54 year old local man in March
2015, and for the theft and damage of a piece
of his farm machinery, he was sentenced to
those 45 days in jail.
He also received a 30-day jail sentence for
some of the other offences.
But, Ms Hayes ordered that these terms be
served concurrently, and were covered by the
45 days already served.
On the remainder of the charges he was
placed on a Community Corrections Order
(CCO) for 12 months, with 150 hours of com-
munity service, plus he must complete a broad
range of treatment and assessment require -
ments designed to modify his behaviour, deal
with his drug addiction and attend to any men-
tal health, medical and behavioural issues.
It’s not a light sentence.
And if he commits an offence while on the
CCO or fails to complete any of the require -
ments, he’s likely to go to jail. But, for the mo -
ment, he’s free.
And some in the local community might take
issue with that.
He also lost his licence for two years for re-
fusing to accompany police for testing associ-
ated with an incident of drug driving on Janu-
ary 12, 2016.
And was ordered to repay $2015 for the
cost of repainting one of the shops he defaced
in town with graffiti, as well as $1210 as his
share of the $3640 worth of damage done to
the ignition switch of a bobcat, which he and
two other people hot-wired to assist with the
commission of another offence.
By way of mitigating his offending, the man’s
lawyer argued that his client had a signifi-
cant medical history and an untreated mental
health conditions which he had self-medicated
with drugs at the start of a spiral into cannabis
and ice abuse.
He said Mr Anderson was so affected by this
terrible drug, during the main period of of-
fending, that he was unable to make cognitive
He also said that his client took no part in
the assault, other than being present at the
time, claiming he actually tried to defuse the
But police prosecutor, Leading Senior Con-
stable Phillip Wyatt, said the courts needed
to send a message to the community that this
sort of behaviour would not be tolerated.
“I submit that he has no regard for court
orders or for authority... a period of incar-
ceration followed by a lengthy CCO is what’s
needed, ” LSC Wyatt said.
In making her assessment of the case, Ms
Hayes noted that the seizure of digital scales,
quantities of ziplock bags and other drug
paraphernalia during raids on Mr Anderson’s
home had given rise to trafficking charges, and
while these were later withdrawn, it left the re -
maining drug charges at the higher end of the
And she rejected any idea that the accused
man had tried to stop the assault.
“You were clearly part of the incident. Not the
person who wielded the tyre lever but nor did
you come to his aid.”
But Ms Hayes also noted that Mr Anderson
had only one prior matter, other than a few
driving offences, before descending into ice
She noted reports that indicated he had
been drug free for two months and that there
had been no offending since October last year,
hence the handing down of a Community Cor-
rections Order, effectively serving his onerous
penalty of community work, appointments
and corrections supervision in the community.
One love, one birthday
IN A coincidental series of
events, a baby born at the
Wonthaggi Hospital now has
a lifelong connection with
reggae artist, Bob Marley.
Marley Robert Wright was
born on Tuesday, February 7
At the same time in Jamai-
ca, people in another time
zone were celebrating the
birthday of the famous Bob
Young Marley was born
to parents Mia and Rodney
Wright, who is a big fan of
“We chose the name be-
cause we liked it, and both
my father and Mia’s father
are named Robert, so we
wanted to have that name in
there too, ” Rodney said.
It wasn’t until Rodney was
speaking on the phone to
his mother in law that he
realised the wonderful coin-
cidence of his newborn son’s
“I called my mother in law,
and she told me that it was
actually Bob Marley’s birth-
day in Jamaica at the time
Marley was born, ”
“I was actually wearing a
T-shirt with Bob Marley on it
at the time of the call. It was
this wonderful coincidence.
Never underestimate the
power of a father who loves
Marley might only be a
week old, but already he has
a strong connection with the
Bass Coast area.
His mother Mia’s great
grandfather Ted Shillinglaw,
also known as ‘Two Bob’ ,
worked as a school principal
in Wonthaggi for 30 years.
The Wright family are plan-
ning on settling down in the
local area, as Rodney con-
centrates on developing his
health and fitness business.
RIGHT: Marley Robert
Wright was born to parents
Mia and Rodney on the same
day that his namesake Bob
Marley celebrates a birthday.
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