Local armed assault case handed up

TEN witnesses will be called and three exhibits tendered to the Emerald District Court in October when Damien Guy Murphy faces a single charge of assault occasioning bodily harm while armed.

A full hand-up committal was heard in the magistrate’s court on Monday for Murphy, who allegedly unlawfully assaulted a woman on January 1, in Emerald.

Murphy was prohibited from contacting any of the Crown witnesses named in the court, as well as the complainant.

Magistrate Cameron Press released Murphy on bail.

He is due to appear at the next district court sittings between October 3 and 14.

Not fit to drive

LEON Troy Masters was “not a fit and proper person” to hold a driver’s licence, according to the police prosecutor who on Monday argued against the application made to the Emerald Magistrate’s Court to overturn a four-year licence ban.

Sergeant Kevin Ongheen told the court that based on Master’s history, he should not be entitled to hold a licence.

“His traffic history speaks for itself,” he said.

Masters, representing himself in court, said he had changed his life and had a young family to consider.

But Mgst Cameron Press agreed with the prosecution when he said Masters was not a “fit and proper person” to hold a valid licence, and rejected the application.

He said the fact Masters was not three-quarters the way through a four-year licence ban meant not enough time had elapsed for the penalty to act as a deterrent.

“I’m not saying a court wouldn’t entertain (removing the ban)... but not as yet. The longer you wait, the better.”

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