Fresh issues for Israeli

THE sentencing of an Israelinational on drug and driving charges was held over until September in Lismore District Court yesterday to allow for the hearing of fresh matters and a psychologist’s report.

Zohar Kohavi, of Ballina, was due to be sentenced on charges of supplying 80 ecstasy pills (16.9 grams), two counts of possession of a prohibited drug, dealing with the suspected proceeds of crime ($1525 cash) and driving whileunder the influence of drink or drugs.

All the charges relate to events in Byron Bay on August 24, 2009.

Kohavi, 28, did not appear and remains in custody on chargesrelating to a police raid in Ballina on July 21.

On that day he was arrested and charged after police swooped on a Lennox Head motel and seized 458 grams of MDMA (ecstasy) powder with an estimated street value of $100,000, and $4635 in cash.

He faces charges of possessing a commercial quantity of a prohibited drug, and possessing cash known to be from the proceeds of crime.

At the time, Richmond Local Area Command crime manager Detective Inspector Greg Moore commended detectives and police from the drug unit for the arrest, saying detection rates for cocaine and similar drugs throughout the area remained stable.

Kohavi was also arrested in June this year and charged with assault, malicious damage and driving while disqualified.

In that incident, the BallinaLocal Court was told Kohavi had ridden past the Ballina Hotel waving a big knife after being ejected earlier that evening.

Kohavi had threatened to kill Luke Christensen, earlier in the day, chasing him 50 metres up a driveway before puncturing two tyres on Mr Christensen’s car.

He pleaded guilty to those charges and also to carrying a knife and failing to leave licensed premises.

He was given a suspended six-month sentence

Kohavi, who lists his occupation as a restaurant worker, has been in Australia on a bridging visa since June 2006 and had applied for temporary residency status.

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