MY FEAR OF ACID AT­TACK

Sunday Herald Sun - - NEWS - REBEKAH CAVANAGH

A MISS Uni­verse Aus­tralia judge stands ac­cused of threat­en­ing to pour acid on the face of a young woman.

Robert Tam­burro, 38, is ac­cused of a three-year cam­paign of ha­rass­ment against young cos­metic tat­tooist Michelle Bar­clay.

Po­lice have charged Mr Tam­burro with mak­ing threats to kill, se­ri­ous as­sault and stalk­ing Ms Bar­clay, his for­mer part­ner of five years.

Ms Bar­clay, 36, told po­lice she un­der­went surgery af­ter her spleen was rup­tured when Mr Tam­burro al­legedly punched her in the stom­ach at their home in Caro­line Springs in Novem­ber 2014.

Po­lice will also al­lege when the cou­ple broke up last year, he bom­barded her with threat­en­ing text mes­sages and voice­mails.

In one voice­mail, in­ves­ti­ga­tors claim he told her that he was go­ing to pour acid on her face.

Mr Tam­burro faces charges of in­ten­tion­ally and reck­lessly caus­ing in­jury, un­law­ful as­sault, make threats to kill, make threats to in­flict se­ri­ous in­jury, stalk­ing, and us­ing a car­riage ser­vice to men­ace.

Court doc­u­ments re­veal Mr Tam­burro al­legedly stalked Ms Bar­clay by re­peat­edly call­ing her “with the in­ten­tion of caus­ing phys­i­cal or men­tal harm to the vic­tim, in­clud­ing self-harm, or of arous­ing ap­pre­hen­sion or fear in the vic­tim for his or her own safety”. Mr Tam­burro’s lawyer, Joseph Alesci, would not com­ment on the al­le­ga­tions but told the Sun­day Her­ald Sun: “There is al­ways two sides to a story.”

Mr Tam­burro judged each state fi­nal of the Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia pageant this year and again at the na­tional fi­nal in Melbourne on June 29. The makeup brand he is a di­rec­tor of was a ma­jor brand spon­sor.

He ap­peared in Melbourne Mag­is­trates’ Court on Thurs­day, where po­lice suc­cess­fully ap­plied to move his case to the Sun­shine Mag­is­trates’ Court.

“It’s just got to progress. This is a fast-track case be­cause of fam­ily vi­o­lence-re­lated o f f e n d i n g , ” Mag­is­trate Sue Cameron said.

Mr Alesci told the court more time may be needed to pre­pare.

“These are se­ri­ous charges against my client,” he said.

Ms Bar­clay and (inset) Mr Tam­burro at court. Inset pic­ture: DAVID CAIRD

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