Jail sentence suspended: Zohar Kohavi, an Israeli national who has been living in the Northern Rivers for three years, outside Ballina courthouse after appearing on assault and driving offences.
Jail sentence suspended: Zohar Kohavi, an Israeli national who has been living in the Northern Rivers for three years, outside Ballina courthouse after appearing on assault and driving offences.

Local pizza cook wields a knife

A PIZZA cook cycled past the Ballina Hotel waving a big knife at staff after being thrown out during an argument with his wife, Ballina Local Court was told last week.

Zohar Kohavi, 27, an Israeli national who has been living on the Northern Rivers since 2007, pleaded guilty to a series of offences that took place over three different days.

Kohavi pleaded guilty to malicious damage after he destroyed two tyres on the car owned by former house-mate, Luke Christensen, on January 7.

He also assaulted Mr Christensen between 7am and 7.30am in Ballina that same day, and drove a car on January 7 despite his licence having been suspended.

On these offences Magistrate Kim Pogson fined Kohavi $400 for the malicious damage offence and ordered him to pay $110 compensation, disqualified him from driving for another two years on the driving offence (to September 2014), and fined him $300 for the assault.

Police facts state Kohavi threatened to kill Mr Christensen and chased his victim 50m up a driveway at his home before driving off. Mr Christensen then found the deflated tyres.

Defence lawyer Tom Trembath said that his client used a key to stab and damage the tyres.

Kohavi also pleaded guilty to failing to leave the Ballina Hotel when told to on April 19 and was fined $100.

He also pleaded guilty to carrying a knife that was visible in River Street that same night and fined $400.

He was charged after police were called to the hotel by staff at 10.30pm, claiming a man who refused to leave the premises was seen carrying a large knife.

Police saw Kohavi riding away from the hotel on a pushbike.

In Kerr Street he threw a knife over the fence of a vacant block.

Staff and the hotel manager told police Kohavi was escorted out but returned riding the bicycle and ‘waving a large knife in the air'.

Kohavi also pleaded guilty to driving a Toyota Camry wagon when disqualified along Angels Beach Road on March 17.

He received a six-month jail term immediately suspended to be on good behaviour for six months.



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