Man bailed to care for mum
Strict conditions for defendant facing threat to kill charges, assault
A MAN awaiting trial for allegedly placing an imitation firearm in the mouth of his former partner in June was granted bail in Wangaratta Magistrate’s Court on Monday so he could care for his sick mother.
Scott Somers, 47 - who is facing multiple charges including making threats to kill assault, possessing an imitation hand gun, and assault - was refused bail by Magistrate Ian Watkins in July because he had not proven “exceptional circumstances” for his release.
On Monday Senior Constable Mindy Stewart, from Wangaratta police family violence unit, opposed the bail application telling the court the accused had an extensive prior history of making threats to kill, breaching court orders, assault with a weapon, and failing to appear at court.
She said Somers had also been convicted for assaulting his previous partner in 2017 in Gippsland which caused severe injuries to the victim who is now living in crisis accommodation and in fear for her life.
“It took nine months for police to locate the defendant to face court for the previous charges after he ignored bail conditions,” Sen Const Stewart said.
Jonathon Rattray, repre- senting Somers, told the court his client would dispute the charges from earlier this year.
He said the defendant’s mother, aged 73 and in a wheelchair who lived at Wyndham Vale, required a virtual full-time carer which was currently her niece, however, that arrangement was about to end.
The carer gave evidence saying she could no longer devote the time as a carer and needed to retrain and get work to provide a future for her 12 year old daughter.
Somers’ mother offered a $1000 surety for bail with the defendant to reside at his 30 year old’s cousin’s home, which was described as “just around the corner from his mother’s place”.
Despite the continued opposition to bail by police, Magistrate David Faram granted Somers bail, saying he was satisfied that new and exceptional circumstances had been proved.
Somers’ bail conditions included daily reporting to Werribee police, not to leave Victoria, not to contact witnesses, abiding by existing intervention orders and a daily curfew from 9pm to 6am.
The matter was adjourned until September 24.