Thomas Towle back in court

CARDROSS killer driver Thomas Towle will face a string of theft and burglary charges when he appears at Bendigo Magistrates’ Court this month.

Towle is due to front court on November 30 over the fresh criminal charges following his release on parole in June 2013 after serving seven years of a maximum 10-year sentence for killing six teenagers in a horror crash in February 2006.

Victoria’s Adult Parole Board cancelled his parole for a breach of conditions two years after his release because it perceived “an escalation of risk to the community”.

A Bendigo bartender said he told a Department of Justice employee – a former parole board member – that Towle was drinking at a hotel bar in breach of one of 17 parole conditions that he abstain from alcohol.

Now 47, Towle has been charged with 50 alleged offences including 14 counts each of burglary and theft, eight counts of attempted burglary, three counts of shopstealing and two counts of retention of stolen goods.

He also faces one count each of aggravated burglary, intentionally destroy property, enter a private place without authorisation, theft of a motor vehicle, attempted theft of a motor vehicle, tamper with a motor vehicle and obtain property by deception.

It is further alleged that he contravened both a condition of his bail and a Community Corrections Order.

It is believed the bulk of the charges relate to a spate of crime in the Eaglehawk central business district throughout July and August this year.

Police estimated about $10,000 worth of cash, electronics and cigarettes were stolen during the offending.

In 2008, a Supreme Court jury found him guilty of six charges of dangerous driving causing death and four of dangerous driving causing injury.

The former Red Cliffs man was driving with his four-year-old son on his lap when he crashed into a group of 13 teenagers as they left a birthday party at a house in Cardross about 9.30pm on February 18, 2006.

Killed in the tragedy were brother and sister Shane, 16, and Abby Hirst, 17, Stevie-Lee Weight, 15, and Cassandra Manners, Cory Dowling and Josephine Calvi, all 16.

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