‘Public menace’ to learn fate

A MAN, who police labelled a public nuisance and a danger to the public, will find out whether he is released on bail tomorrow.

Daryl Frances Robinson was arrested by Mildura police last Tuesday after the city’s CCTV allegedly captured the 55-year-old chasing a woman between Seventh and Eighth Streets while brandishing a stick about 9.20pm.

The Mildura Magistrates’ Court was this week told shortly after the incident police found Robinson hiding behind banners inside Mildura Kebab House in Langtree Avenue, in breach of his bail which banned him from entering the CBD.

At the time he was on numerous counts of bail.

Police informant Senior Constable Raef Oliver said Robinson was a “prolific offender” and “public nuisance” and if released on bail, held concerns for his neighbours, family and the public given he had allegedly been found in possession of various and unusual weapons, including a homemade shiv.

Sen-Constable Oliver told the court in March Robinson was charged with attempted theft of a vehicle after police were called to Hog’s Breath Cafe following reports of a man peering through the windows of a car and kicking it’s tyres.

In a separate outstanding incident, in late April police alleged Robinson was found with a homemade extendable baton after police were called to a Hornsey Park home to help the the fire brigade with a person causing trouble at a burn-off. 

The court was told Robinson was found squatting at a home and was searched after being asked to leave.

In December, police allegedly found Robinson at a Sixteenth Street house crouched beside a roller door, with the homeowner telling police items in his garage had been moved around.

In January, Robinson was allegedly captured on CCTV attempting to steal an Engel fridge from the back of a ute. 

His counsel said the offences Robinson was charged with were not serious in nature and if he was released, he could live at his Colignan home.

Magistrate Andrew McKenna adjourned the bail application until tomorrow while Robinson is assessed for the Court Integrated Services Program, however stated there was no guarantee he would be released.

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