Court lifts AVO on Mercedes

Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS - GREG STOLZ

SCHAPELLE Corby’s sister Mercedes has had a court vic­tory, with an ap­pre­hended vi­o­lence or­der against her with­drawn. The AVO was filed by po­lice late last year on be­half of Corby’s ex-bestie and busi­ness part­ner, for­mer pro surfer Trudy Todd. Todd al­leged in a po­lice wit­ness state­ment that she was threat­ened by the Corby fam­ily and that Mercedes in­vited bikies to the Coolan­gatta bar run by the two for­mer friends be­fore its clo­sure ear­lier this year amid a bit­ter feud. Corby de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. The AVO was with­drawn yes­ter­day in Tweed Heads Lo­cal Court, where Todd was not present. Speak­ing out­side court, Mercedes said she was re­lieved the mat­ter was over. “AVOs should be taken very se­ri­ously, there’s peo­ple out there that re­ally do need to be pro­tected,” she said. “I lost my busi­ness over this, oth­ers lose their fam­i­lies, their chil­dren.”

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