Teen on charges can leave area

A TEENAGER accused of stamping on the head of an elderly man at Tabulam has been given bail and court permission to live away from the area until he appears in Lismore Local Court.

Kegan Laurie, 19, is pleading not guilty to charges of assault in company causing bodily harm to the man at Tabulam last Thursday, and to one count of affray, using unlawful violence to cause fear.

A co-accused who appeared on the same charges in Lismore Children’s Court on Friday was also granted bail.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Peter Costin-Neilsen opposed bail stating Laurie was charged over ‘quite a vicious attack by him and a co-accused’.

“It is alleged both he and the young person jumped on the man’s head,” Sgt Costin-Neilsen said.

Defence lawyer Kylie Anderson-Clarke said her client had been living away from the area in recent weeks and only returned to attend a funeral.

She said the allegations were serious, had not been proven, and were ones her client ‘strongly denies’ and he would enter pleas of not guilty to both charges.

Ms Anderson-Clarke said police were alleging a group of people had been socialising and drinking alcohol when an incident occurred that precipitated the matter.

She said this involved ‘the breaking in’ by the victim into the bedroom of Laurie’s mother.

“He denies he was part of any violence and that what is alleged against him is totally untrue,” Ms Anderson-Clarke said.

Magistrate Robyn Denes granted bail and adjourned the matter to October.

The teenager’s co-accused, a youth aged 15, was later granted bail in the Children’s Court and ordered by Magistrate Denes to live at Coraki with his grandmother, and not leave her house between 7pm and 7am.

The youth was ordered not to consume alcohol or drugs.

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