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A man who allegedly threatened witnesses has been refused bail.
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The Director of Public Prosecutions is considering pursuing charges against a Murwillumbah man who allegedly made serious threats to two witnesses while on bail.

Rex Killiby elected not to appear in Lismore Local Court via videolink from prison on Monday, but was represented by solicitor Naomi Carter.

The 21 year-old faced charges of threatening or causing injury to person for being witness, receiving motor vehicle parts – theft, unlawfully obtained goods and driving recklessly/ furiously at speed or in a manner dangerous.

On December 6 last year, Mr Killiby came to the attention of Casino police when he was allegedly seen driving recklessly, at speed, in a manner dangerous to the public on Hotham St at 12.02pm.

He was arrested by police, charged and issued a notice to attend court.

Then on January 5, Casino police spoke to Mr Killiby about a set of mag wheels, they believed to be stolen, that were on his green Subaru Impreza RX.

He was arrested and taken to Casino police station where he was charged with receiving a motor vehicle part, unlawfully obtained goods, and refused bail.

The charge related to four Lenso brand wheels with Pirelli Cinturato tyres, which police allege were the property of Christopher Welch.

When Mr Killiby appeared in Casino Local Court on January 11, he was granted conditional bail to reside at Casino, report to police daily, not to take alcohol or drugs, to comply with a 7 pm to 6 am curfew and submit to drug testing at the discretion of police.

An acceptable person to the court also agreed to forfeit $2000 if Mr Killiby breached his bail.

Last Wednesday, May 24, it is alleged Mr Killiby ‘threatened to cause detriment to Dylan Morrison and Jamie Gunning on account of a thing lawfully done by Dylan Morrison and Jamie Gunning as witnesses in judicial proceedings’, at Casino, between 10 am and 10.30 am.

Mr Killiby was arrested on Wednesday, refused police bail and he appeared before Byron Bay Local Court last Thursday, where he was refused bail by Magistrate Michael Dakin, and his matter was adjourned to Lismore Local Court.

On Monday, Lismore Local Court heard the complete brief of evidence against Mr Killiby had not been received by Ms Carter.

Ms Carter did not apply for bail on behalf of Mr Killiby, whose charges are being considered by the Director of Public Prosecutions

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence against Mr Killiby to be served on the defence by June 22, and adjourned his matters until July 10.


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