Man held over fake licence

A BROKEN Hill man who allegedly tried to use a fake driver licence to buy an airline ticket remains in custody.

The man, 37, appeared in Mildura Magistrates’ Court yesterday after he was arrested by police in Mildura at the weekend.

The court heard that on Sunday the man allegedly tried to buy a plane ticket to Melbourne at Mildura Airport with someone else’s identification.

Mildura police prosecutor First Constable Paul Bush said an airport employee noticed the NSW licence belonged to a 19-year-old clean-shaven man, and did not match the appearance or suspected age of the accused.

Constable Bush said the man then left the airport, but he was later intercepted by police and arrested.

He said police also discovered the man allegedly bought numerous grocery items, take-away food and cigarettes across Mildura with credit cards that did not belong to him.

The court heard that an aggravated burglary took place at a Buronga, NSW, address on October 4, when a wallet and jewellery items were stolen.

The defence yesterday abandoned a bail application to allow their client to find suitable accommodation. 

The hearing was adjourned and the man is expected to reappear in court on Thursday. He will face 13 charges in Victoria, which include handling stolen goods, obtaining property by deception, resisting arrest and stating a false name.

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