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Lismore ‘identity’ Big Rob has faced court after being charged with breaching an apprehended personal violence order taken out by mayor Isaac Smith.

Mr Rob, formerly known as Robert Bou-Hamdan, represented himself at Lismore Local Court on Monday where he pleaded not guilty.

Cr Smith took out the apprehended personal violence order APVO against Mr Rob last month, as he and his family feared for their safety due to posts and videos Mr Rob put on Facebook.

Mr Rob was ordered not to post anything on Facebook about Cr Smith or his family as part of the APVO.

The court heard Cr Smith complained to police on Saturday morning that Mr Rob had breached the APVO.

‘He complained about comments made about his actions as mayor during the flooding,’ Mr Rob said.

‘I don’t know if your honour is aware, but I operate a massive media business, bigger than the mainstream media your honour is aware of, and everyone was asking where is the mayor.’

Mr Rob was arrested by police on Saturday and charged over the alleged breach.

‘I have not breached your orders, your very clear and lengthy orders,’ Mr Rob told Magistrate David Heilpern.

‘I spent sixteen and a half hours locked up on this already.’

After spending time in custody on Saturday, Mr Rob was granted strict conditional bail. He applied to the court on Monday to vary those bail conditions.

‘In my view, the restrictions that have been placed on the bail by the registrar are appropriate,’ Mr Heilpern said in rejecting Mr Rob’s application to vary bail.

Then Mr Rob made a submission to the court that Mr Heilpern was biased, and the 12 matters he currently had before the court wouldn’t be treated fairly.

‘I want to make a submission to get you off my matters,’ he said.

‘Your honour’s bias is extreme…everyone here can see that.’

‘You are the most biased magistrate in the country.’

‘You’re a joke.’

‘Why don’t you find me guilty like you did last Monday when I walked out?’

On Monday March 3, Mr Rob appeared in Lismore Local Court facing charges of assault, intimidation and using a carriage service to menace/harass/offend.

When Mr Rob walked from the court before Mr Heilpern had finished with his matters he was found guilty on each charge.

Police then informed Mr Rob he had been found guilty and he lodged a section 4 annulment application which will be heard on April 24.

Mr Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence on the breach of APVO charge to be served on Mr Rob by May 22.

He adjourned Mr Rob’s matters until June 5, for reply to the brief of evidence.


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  1. No one is bias BR. This whole town has had enough of your ramblings. You put a lot of people in danger during the recent natural disaster yet think you did so good. Maybe have a look at how poorly your gofundme account is doing compared to everyone else in this town and maybe you might realise we have had enough.

  2. He said he “Operates a massive media business, bigger than the mainstream media.”
    That’s rather exaggerated words for what is merely his hobby.

  3. @lismoregirl

    Hiding behind a fake name and [deleted] comments shows who you are

    From a legal standpoint, the bias is very clear and during the floods he saved alot of people’s property by regular updates, moreso then even the local radio stations, richmond lac page, and northern star put together.

    what danger do you speak off? the driving slowly in flood water so slow he didnt create afterwaves past the kerb? dont so to ensure the saftey of the [deleted] residents at the baording house he manages who refuses to leave then cried like little school girls when the water rose?

    • Lismoreboy. So who am I? And who are you behind your fake name? (Pot.kettle.black?)

      It’s shown in the echos Facebook post that no one in this town can stand him. It’s over for him and he needs to learn to move on like a real man. Find a new town or city to harass.

    • I didn’t see Mr.Big saving any property, only being told to leave repeatedly by the Police and SES, helping would have been lifting and loading, not filming and making more issues for the Police and SES, the coverage on the ABC local radio told us all we needed to know, get things lifted and get out ASAP, not hang around with our phone’s out filming, if you weren’t lifting and loading property or with emergency services, stay off the road and out of the way, rubber necking and acting like a child was the, ‘help’ I witnessed from Big Rob.

  4. More trivial journalism….. we have seen this time and time again.. one shall never let the truth get in way of a good story.. is there nothing else happening in Lismore that you feel need to post this.. someone needs to get a life

    • Trivial is Mr.Rob and his style of, ‘media’, a cheap radio scanner, an iphone and a huge chip on the shoulder is all it seems to take, now after watching his first flood in Lismore, some how he saved property by doing nothing but stream to facebook after being asked to leave repeatedly?, he has a small shop, he was in town streaming to facebook, not saving his shop or helping others around him, try and tell the people he was so called. ‘helping’ how much use it was him getting around filming, the emergency service were diving around in big numbers making it loud and clear what the situation was, why would anyone get in the way during an emergency?.

  5. He is a fraud. He is not a journalist. He is not a certified media outlet. He is not a lawyer. He is not our Mayor. He does not abide by the code of ethical reporting. He is a public nuisance. He has total disregard for authority. He thinks he is above the law. He is a public nuisance. He will get what he deserves. He is not wanted in our community.

    • But he is not an activist. He is a failed Mayoral Candidate who polled a pathetic 3% of the vote when he ran for Mayor. He was the only candidate who failed to get a refund of his Electoral Commission deposit so pathetic was his campaign. He is not an activist. Rather he stands accused in the Local Court of allegedly assaulting a woman. And no activist would find themselves charged with the improper use of a carriage device. No activist would be facing breach of APVO charges. In fact, all the activists I know would be ashamed to think that some people would even call Robert Boo Hoo Hamdan AKA Big Rob an activist.

      Self centred, delusional (his claim to operate a large media conglomerate), his actions are more akin to a serial pest who calls one journalist of this publication a “druggo drongo” and calls the writer of this article a drunk and all because they only seek to do their job and let the community of Lismore know what a total pest this clown is.

      If you want him in Melbourne, FANTASTIC. But just don’t think you will be getting an activist.

  6. ‘I don’t know if your honour is aware, but I operate a massive media business, bigger than the mainstream media your honour is aware of, and everyone was asking where is the mayor.’

    I’m sorry, but where was North Coast Crime, Lismore Radio or even Unofficial: Big Rob during the floods???

    The closed facebook info exchange groups don’t really cut it as mainstream media and the fact you closed your facebook pages over the complete course of the flooding just goes to show that your intent is for public Northern Rivers news…

  7. This person is a well known menace to all council staff.

    I have been informed that the courts have started to stand stronger against this constant figure at the Lismore court house and he will soon be removed from the area for a ” extended period”


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