Mag­is­trate’s wed­ding vow

Midwest Times - - NEWS - Leti­tia Bus­niak

A Ger­ald­ton mag­is­trate has said she would at­tend the wed­ding of a 40year-old man in Yal­goo if he was able to re­main al­co­hol-free dur­ing his bail pe­riod.

Justin Leigh Ryan ap­peared in Ger­ald­ton Mag­is­trate’s Court last Thurs­day charged with fail­ure to obey an or­der given by an of­fi­cer, dis­or­derly be­hav­iour in public and ag­gra­vated as­sault.

He had pre­vi­ously en­tered a guilty plea for the ag­gra­vated as­sault charge but has yet to en­ter a plea on the re­main­ing charges.

Po­lice al­lege the dis­or­derly be­hav­iour and fail­ure to obey oc­curred in Fe­bru­ary, when Mr Ryan failed to com­ply with a move-on no­tice from a lo­cal shop­ping cen­tre.

Later that same day it is al­leged Mr Ryan caused dis­rup­tions to traf­fic on Durlacher Street by mov­ing in front of pass­ing ve­hi­cles. Po­lice ap­pre­hended Mr Ryan, where it is fur­ther al­leged he got into a ver­bal ar­gu­ment with of­fi­cers.

When Mr Ryan ap­peared over video-link, Mag­is­trate Donna Webb asked if his part­ner, who was in the back of court, if she had any­thing to say. His part­ner said she would be happy to have him re­turn, as long as he con­trolled him­self on the “drink”.

Ms Webb al­lowed Mr Ryan four weeks of bail with a per­sonal un­der­tak­ing and the con­di­tion he did not con­sume al­co­hol and agreed to sub­mit to breath test­ing.

On that de­ci­sion Mr Ryan told the court he was happy to be back with his part­ner, who he loved and planned to marry one day in Yal­goo, to which Ms Webb replied she would at­tend if Mr Ryan could avoid drink­ing al­co­hol dur­ing his bail pe­riod.

Mr Ryan will next ap­pear in the same court on April 21.

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