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A 27-YEAR -OLD local man, facing the very
serious head charge of recklessly causing seri-
ous injury in circumstances of gross violence,
was granted bail in the Korumburra Magis-
trates’ Court last week.
The court heard details of a violent incident
in the main street of Wonthaggi on Saturday
night, May 26 this year in which the accused
allegedly assaulted another man after a day-
long drinking session.
According to police, security staff at a li-
censed venue in the town told the man to leave
the area after he had allegedly tried to start a
fight outside the venue at 11.46pm.
Together with others, he was picked up in
a car but later came back to the area when
one of his associates wanted to look for a mis-
placed mobile phone.
It was then that the incident is alleged to
Police told the court the accused man crossed
the street to confront the victim, pushed him
over and sat on top of the other man, allegedly
punching him 10 to 15 times in the face, even
after the man allegedly lost consciousness.
The victim, who allegedly lost conscious-
ness for two minutes, sustained multiple fa-
cial fractures in the attack.
Lawyer for the accused man, Sean Linehan,
was required to show compelling reasons why
the man should be released on bail, which he
managed to do to the court’s satisfaction.
Police did not oppose the bail application.
As well as agreeing to release the accused
man, who has been in custody since May 30,
the magistrate Mr Garnett set some strict con-
ditions including that he remain at the stated
address, abide by a 9pm to 4am curfew, re-
port to police regularly, participate in a Court
Integrated Services Program (CISP) of health
and community services, and not drink alco -
hol or use drugs.
Mr Garnett intends to review the man’s
progress on July 13 ahead of a contest men-
tion hearing on September 6 by which time
the exact nature of the charges will be con-
If police were to continue on their present
course, it was noted in court last week that
the accused is facing a minimum sentence of
four years in jail.
Accused man bailed
after fearful assault A WONTHAGGI woman who provided her son
with a false alibi so he could avoid prosecution by
police, over an alleged road rage incident, found
herself in court last week charged with perjury.
The police had claimed that her son breached
his bail conditions by not being at home on the
night of April 7 last year when the alleged incident
occurred and took him into custody.
But Janine Isaacs 53, signed a statement that
she had been with her son on a trip to Alexandra
at the time to see another family member and, on
returning home, he did not leave his room.
However, after viewing CCTV footage at the
McDonalds restaurant they are alleged to have
stopped at on the way and questioning the family
member they are alleged to have visited, police
found the story didn’t check out.
The family member told police she hadn’t seen
the woman’s son for six years so police charged
Mrs Isaacs with perjury.
The lawyer for Mrs Isaacs, Rob McLaurin, said
his client was only trying to protect her son from
getting into trouble and didn’t realise the serious-
ness of what she was saying.
His plea included a request for a without-con-
viction penalty because it might affect his client’s
employment but the Korumburra Magistrate Mr
Garnett rejected the bid.
“The charge is a serious one, it undermines
appropriate investigations by police and under-
mines the whole judicial system,” he said.
He handed down a fine of $1000, with convic-
tion, on the charge of perjury.
THE Inverloch Historical Society will be one
step closer to building a museum near the
beach, if councillors give it the preliminary go-
ahead this Wednesday, June 20.
Deputy Mayor Cr Brett Tessari wants the
council to provide in-principle support for the
development of the Inverloch Historical and
Maritime Museum, near the town’s boat ramp.
Cr Tessari says it’s subject to demonstration
of broad community support for the project, on
land used as an overflow car park.
The society made a presentation in October
last year for the project.
The final design of the museum would in-
clude a gallery, café and sufficient floor space
for exhibiting historical items.
closer to reality
THERE’S less than one month to go before ap-
plications close for ‘Boost your Business’ vouch-
And considering Victorian businesses can re-
ceive up to $50,000 – you’d be crazy not to apply.
The vouchers provide funding for businesses
to partner with industry experts to help them
develop new products, improve business pro-
cesses and systems, identify new export mar-
kets, undertake research and development, and
This is the second round of the program,
where vouchers are awarded to eligible busi-
nesses in streams covering Advanced Manufac-
turing, Asia Gateway, Food Innovation and So-
cial Enterprise Capability.
In the first round, more than 100 businesses
shared in $3 million worth of funding.
For more information, search for ‘Boost Your
Business’ online. Applications close July 13.
BASS Coast will have more off-leash dog ar-
eas – including at Cape Paterson, Inverloch and
Kilcunda – under a plan by the local council.
The proposal’s in response to a survey which
found many dog owners think it’s ‘ruff ’ there
aren’t more off-leash dog areas in the shire.
The report recommends two new off-leash ar-
eas for councillors’ consideration:
• Cape Paterson - 1st Surf Beach: From
Whale Rock approximately 250m east towards
the channel except between 9am and 6pm from
December 1 to April 14 when no dogs are al-
lowed on the beach; and
• Kilcunda - Main Beach: From below the Kil-
cunda Foreshore caravan park approximately
150m west towards the rocks, throughout the
Shire officers suggest these should come into
effect late July/early August.
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