Man to stay in cus­tody


Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Ali­son Bald­ing

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.

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