Di­verted out the door for $475 fine

The Riverine Herald - - NEWS -

AN ECHUCA man has es­caped with a di­ver­sion af­ter he was ac­cused of clos­ing a door on a man­ager’s wrist then stag­ing a phys­i­cal as­sault scene at Echuca’s CVGT Aus­tralia of­fice.

Daniel James An­swer, 38, ap­peared in Echuca Mag­is­trates Court on Oc­to­ber 24, charged with crim­i­nal dam­age and un­law­ful as­sault.

Po­lice pros­e­cu­tor Act­ing Sergeant Sally Man­nell said the al­leged in­ci­dent oc­curred when Mr An­swer at­tended the em­ploy­ment agency for an ap­point­ment with the man­ager.

‘‘While there, the ac­cused stood up sev­eral times and at­tempted to close the door to the of­fice. The vic­tim told him to keep the door open each time,’’ Act­ing Sgt Man­nell said.

‘‘At one point when the vic­tim tried to stop him, the ac­cused closed the door onto the vic­tim’s wrist, caus­ing sore­ness.’’

The court heard the ac­cused then called triple zero, claim­ing he was be­ing as­saulted by the vic­tim.

‘‘Mo­bile footage shows the ac­cused talk­ing on the phone, pac­ing and try­ing to close the door,’’ Act­ing Sgt Man­nell said.

‘‘He then threw him­self against the wall, caus­ing dam­age to the plas­ter and say­ing on the phone that he was be­ing as­saulted again.’’

Mr An­swer claimed he hadn’t as­saulted the CVGT man­ager and that the footage had been taken af­ter he him­self was as­saulted.

‘‘Be­ing a job­seeker, I had to re-en­gage reg­u­larly with CVGT,’’ he said.

‘‘I had no is­sue go­ing there but I had al­ready done the re­quire­ment the day be­fore. But I was then told the next day that I’d breached the agree­ment and my pay was be­ing cut and I had to go back in, which is when I was as­saulted.’’

Mr An­swer al­leged he had re­ceived threat­en­ing phone calls from the cen­tre in the past river­ine­herald.com.au and had been ver­bally as­saulted by an­other em­ployee.

Mag­is­trate John Bent­ley said Mr An­swer could avoid con­vic­tion if he en­tered into a di­ver­sion which would in­clude pay­ing $475 resti­tu­tion.

‘‘If we run a con­test it’s like the high rollers room at a casino,’’ he said.

‘‘If you win, you get cham­pagne. If you lose, it’s a con­vic­tion and that doesn’t look good.’’

Mr An­swer was hes­i­tant to ac­cept a di­ver­sion, main­tain­ing he hadn’t com­mit­ted the al­leged of­fences.

‘‘I just ask one con­di­tion — that the money I pay for dam­age be given to a char­ity in­stead,’’ he said.

‘‘Be­cause I didn’t do it. Morally, I have a prob­lem pay­ing for repa­ra­tion.’’

Mr An­swer was handed a di­ver­sion and or­dered to write a let­ter of apol­ogy and pay $475, which will be given to a char­ity.

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