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Big Rob gets legal aid to help fight charges

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Former Lismore mayoral candidate Big Rob.
Former Lismore mayoral candidate Big Rob.

Big Rob’s Legal Aid funded solicitor is assessing the brief of evidence against him before the matters are set a hearing date when he will fight the charges in the Local Court.

The former kebab shop owner is charged with two counts stalking and intimidation, common assault, breaching an Apprehended Personal Violence Order APVO and two counts of publishing a person’s name prohibited by a section.

The stalking/ intimidation charges and common assault relate to an incident involving Leanne Martin at a Lismore’s Sushi Kuni restaurant on the evening of November 22.

When Ms Martin noticed a mural of a Koi fish on the restaurant wall and saw Big Rob was sitting in front of it, she went outside to take a photo of it to show her daughter, rather than be intrusive, police facts said.

Ms Martin walked back inside Sushi Kuni she was confronted by Big Rob who questioned why she took the photo.

‘When Ms Martin attempted to walk away it is alleged Mr Rob took hold of her shirt and pulled her back toward him before he took a close up photo of her face,’ police facts stated.

Feeling intimidated and unsafe, Ms Martin left.

The following day, police allege Mr Rob again stalked and intimidated Ms Martin when he attended her workplace between 12.21pm and 12.30pm.

The breach of APVO and publishing a person’s name prohibited by section charges relate to an interim order between Mr Rob and Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith.

On February 27, it is alleged Mr Rob published a video on Facebook ‘which identifies or is likely to identify young persons the subject of a criminal proceeding.’

The Lismore Information Exchange Facebook page was the alleged location of a post by Mr Rob which breached the APVO between him and Mr Smith on April 4.

‘The comments made were in relation to the victim (Isaac Smith’s) decisions made during the major flooding in the Lismore area,’ police facts said.

Then on April 6, Mr Rob allegedly posted again on the same Facebook page breaching the APVO.

On Monday, Mr Rob appeared at Lismore Local Court and was represented by solicitor Vince Boss.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned his matters until July 17, to allow Mr Boss time to assess the brief of evidence as he has only been representing Mr Rob since Legal Aid funding was granted recently.

He marked Mr Rob’s court papers ‘for mention to set a date for hearing’.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Why does this creep get free legal aid while many others with legitimate legal problems are denied? There needs to be an answer to this misuse of public funds. The man’s a serial nuisance.

  2. Complains about dole bludgers wasting tax payer dollars

    Wastes thousands in court every week

    Irony 101

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