Lawyer to the rescue
MAN WITH WEAPONS TACKLED TO GROUND AFTER ATTACK ON MANAGER, STAYS IN CUSTODY
A man who attacked a Department of Health and Human Services case manager while carrying a bag with weapons was tackled to the ground by a quick-thinking lawyer.
Michael Weir walked into Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on July 18, looking for his DHHS case manager after he became angry about a phone call not being returned promptly.
When Weir spotted the case manager, he walked behind the public servant and punched him with a closed fist in the back of the head.
Criminal lawyer Luke Slater witnessed the attack and tackled Weir to the ground before he could land another punch on the victim.
Officers found two knives in a bag being carried by Weir. When interviewed, he said he was frustrated that he managed to punch his victim only once.
After he was charged and bailed, he was arrested again after he turned up to the courthouse in August, again while carrying weapons, including a knife and a boxcutter. He was remanded in custody and faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday after already serving 82 days in custody.
The court heard Weir also broke into two properties in March, and stole a television and a wallet.
Weir pleaded guilty to eight charges including theft, trespassing and causing injury without lawful excuse.
Lawyer for Weir, Alex McLennan, told the court that his client had a history of mental health and drug dependency.
He said that after a normal upbringing, Weir’s life went on a downward spiral after he moved to Melbourne and started using heroin and methamphetamines.
‘‘For reasons unknown he slipped through the system,’’ Mr McLennan said.
Magistrate Peter Mithen adjourned sentencing until a forensic mental health care assessment could be completed, but he indicated Weir would receive a period of imprisonment.
Weir was remanded in custody and will return to Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on December 18.