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A Coraki man who was disqualified from being behind the wheel when police allege he pursued a man on a BMX bike in a ‘predatory’ fashion and collided with the bike will face a local court hearing.

Craig Cowan’s appearance in Lismore Local Court via videolink on Monday was cancelled by his solicitor Ms McDermott.

The 25 year-old faced charges of predatory driving, driving a motor vehicle furiously causing bodily harm and driving while disqualified.

It is alleged between 2.40 am and 2.50 am on January 12, at Lismore, Mr Cowan drove a silver, South Australian registered Mitsubishi Pajero four-wheel drive in a predatory manner, pursuing Norman Cobbo, who was riding a BMX bike.

When the Mitsubishi allegedly collided with the BMX, Mr Cobbo was thrown from the bike and suffered various injuries.

On Monday, Ms McDermott told the court the brief of evidence against Mr Cowan was incomplete.

‘There are some statements that are outstanding,’ Ms McDermott said.

Ms McDermott told the court Mr Cowan was pleading not guilty to the charge of predatory driving.

‘It’s just a matter of setting a hearing date,’ she said.

She then tendered a court hearing advice indicating two police witnesses, a civilian witness and Mr Cobbo would be required for the hearing.

The court was told the hearing was estimated to take three hours.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered the balance of the brief of evidence against Mr Cowan to be served by June 1, and adjourned his matters for hearing on June 8.

He ordered Mr Cowan to appear in person for the hearing.


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