Man on attempt murder granted bail

A MAN facing attempted murder and other charges was granted bail in Lismore Local Court yesterday.

Simon Paul Mizzi, 32, of Nimbin, is accused of shooting at his uncle, Michael Mizzi, at a property at Ewingar, near Tabulam, on Saturday, July 10.

Other charges include aggravated break and enter when armed with a .22 calibre rifle; discharging a firearm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm; firing a firearm into a building; and possession of cannabis.

Mizzi appeared in court last Monday but did not apply for bail.

Yesterday, Tom Trembath, Mizzi’s lawyer, said there was no legal obstacle to his client receiving bail but there were many reasons why he should be released.

He had references from his employer, David Lambert of Rainbow Power, and from David Christmas, who also worked for Rainbow and was Mizzi’s landlord in Nimbin, Mr Trembath said.

Mizzi was a part-owner of the premises at Bulldog Road where the offences were alleged to have occurred, but he did not live there and only went there to visit his mother and two uncles, he said.

Mizzi had not lived at the property for three or four years and had lived in Nimbin since January.

Mizzi was geographically removed from the victim, Mr Trembath said. And it was his understanding that Michael Mizzi had since gone to Germany.

Mizzi was a ‘second level electrician’, and as such was a valuable staff member and was highly spoken of by his employer.

Mr Trembath said he recognised the court’s concern would be that Mizzi would not attend future court hearings.

The Department of Public Prosecutions could take six months to draft the charges, during which Mizzi would have to remain in custody if he was refused bail, he said.

Police opposed bail on the grounds of the serious nature of the alleged offences, which would receive a jail sentence if proven.

Magistrate Robyn Denes said she would grant the bail but under very strict conditions.

She said Mizzi was to reside at the Nimbin address where he lived with Mr Christmas; he must report to the Lismore Police Station every day; he is not to approach any witness and is not to travel west of Tabulam.

Ms Denes also ordered him to surrender any firearms and weapons licences he has.

Mizzi is due to reappear in September.

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