Lawyer to the res­cue


Shepparton News - - NEWS - By Bar­clay White

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.

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