MY FEAR OF ACID ATTACK
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