Former kebab shop owner Big Rob is seeking to have convictions for assault and stalking wiped before he faces a hearing in October over allegedly breaching an apprehended personal violence order involving the Lismore Mayor.
The failed 2016 Lismore Mayoral candidate appeared in Lismore Local Court on Monday and was represented by Legal Aid funded solicitor Vince Boss.
The 45-year-old faced two counts of stalking and intimidation, two counts of publishing or broadcasting a person’s name prohibited by a section, common assault and breaching an APVO.
It is alleged an incident occurred between Mr Rob and Leanne Martin at Lismore’s Sushi Kuni restaurant on the evening of November 22, after she took a photo of a Japanese Koi to show her daughter.
When she went to return to her seat she was allegedly confronted by Mr Rob and ‘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.
The following day it is alleged Mr Rob went to Ms Martin’s workplace.
Mr Rob was charged with two counts of stalking and intimidation and common assault over the alleged incidents at the restaurant and Ms Martin’s workplace.
The charges of publishing or broadcasting a person’s name prohibited by a section relate to alleged posts and a video put on Facebook on February 27, ‘which identifies or is likely to identify young persons the subject of a criminal proceeding.’
The alleged posts breached the orders of an interim APVO between Mr Rob and Lismore Mayor Isaac Smith.
Following the devastating Lismore flood, it is alleged Mr Rob posted comments about Cr Smith’s actions regarding the flood, on April 4, on the Facebook page Lismore Information Exchange.
These alleged comments breached the interim APVO and Mr Rob was charged.
As Mr Rob was convicted in his absence earlier this year on the charges of common assault and stalking and intimidation, he lodged a section four annulment application against the convictions with the court.
On Monday, Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Rob’s annulment application until July 31, at Lismore Local Court.
He marked the court documents ‘affidavit only served re applicant today. Brief legal argument.’
Mr Rob’s pleas of not guilty to the two counts of publishing or broadcasting a person’s name prohibited by a section, and breaching an APVO, were confirmed by Mr Heilpern.
Mr Heilpern set those matters down for hearing at Lismore Local Court on October 27.
He marked the court documents ‘listing advice within 7 days. Est 2 hours.’