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Charged over copper wire theft

FRESHLY released from Queensland’s Wacol Prison, Aaron Hall was back in custody before Lismore Local Court to face charges relating to the theft of copper wire from Country Energy depots.

Hall, 25, from Lismore, was extradited back to NSW this week after completing an 18-month jail sentence.

The larceny charges he faces went back more than three years. Police documents before the court accuse Hall of separate thefts of the copper wire worth thousands of dollars from Country Energy depots at Lismore and Casino in late 2006 and 2007.

One charge involves the theft of 60m of extreme high voltage copper wire valued at $2000. Hall is also alleged to have tried to sell 160kg of stolen copper wire to a scrap metal dealer.

Another charge relates to the theft of 30kg of copper wire from a Country Energy depot in South Lismore.

Documents show Hall was arrested just after midnight on December 30, 2006, at a Country Energy site where police accused him of pushing four large rolls of copper wire (weighing 50kgs each) to the front gate in an attempt to steal it.

Hall also faces unrelated charges of affray at the Pide and Pizza take-away in Keen Street at 2.30am on March 17, 2007.

With regard to that matter Hall was charged with resisting police and giving a false name after producing a driver’s licence in the name of his identical twin brother.

Hall is also charged with stealing a Kawasaki motorcycle from a Lismore caravan park in February 2007.

Defence lawyer Tom Trembath in a bail application for Hall said his client previously had ‘a significant addiction to the drug ice’ and had been selling scrap wire to obtain money for his habit.

But since undergoing rehabilitation has now turned his life around.

Bail was refused by magistrate Robyn Denes with all matters adjourned to February 2.



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