Man to stay in custody
ACCUSED REFUSED BAIL AFTER ASSAULT, INTIMIDATION CHARGES
A MAN accused of allegedly trying to grab a young boy outside a school in Colyton on Thursday will remain behind bars.
With help from a Dinka translator, Garang Aguern, 41, of Colyton faced Penrith Court via audio visual link yesterday charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm, stalk/intimi- date and assault police over the alleged incident. He has also been charged with aggravated assault with intent to rob in relation to a separate incident two days prior, when it is alleged he punched and pushed a teenage boy in an alleged attempt to steal property.
The defence argued Mr Aguern should be given bail due to questions over how he was identified by the alleged victim after the assault on the younger boy was reported in the news, and the strong support he has within the Sudanese community.
“Leaders in that community describe Mr Aguern as a leader of their community, as someone who provides guidance to young people,” the defence said.
The prosecution strongly opposed the bail application, pointing to bail breaches allegedly committed by Mr Aguern in the past, the court heard. “He was on bail at the time he committed both these offences,” the lawyer for the prosecution told the court.
“One condition of that bail was Mr Aguern could not drink alcohol but it is quite clear, when he was apprehended he appeared intoxicated. There is a high risk the accused will reoffend on bail ... he already has.”
Magistrate Roger Clisdell read out the “serious” allegations to the court. “The accused, Mr Aguern, allegedly grabbed hold of a ... boy at Bennett Rd Public School and was instantly detained by parents who intervened,” Mr Clisdell said.
“In regards to both matters, bail is refused.”
Both of the matters have been adjourned to the same court on Friday, December 18.