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Former mayoral candidate Mr Big Rob.(photo Darren Coyne)
Former mayoral candidate Mr Big Rob.(photo Darren Coyne)

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.’

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  1. Well isn’t it strange how the Byron Echo seems obsessed with a story centred around Lismore. Seems to me you guys have a vendetta, along with the cops and other sundry regressive leftists against Rob. But then everyone with half a brain knows the Echo has degenerated into being a rag like every other one, seeking sensationalist stories to fill its spaces. It is funny how you people never touch on the underworld of the cocaine, ecstasy LSD and MDMA drug trade that pervades Byron Bay. Why is that?

    • You’re right about the Echo, Paul, they just delete any posts that don’t fit their leftist agenda. However few people have any sympathies for Big Rob. The guy’s an architect of his own destruction.

    • Mr Rob is a coward.

      He continues to use his social media presence to lie about anyone brave enough to disagree with his extreme right wing hate.

      I am one of his many victims with this proven liar publishing that I am a pedophile.

      He further published my address My phone number and even published a photo of my home and encouraged many of his more feral supporters to ” Deal ” with me.

      I for one hopes he is sent to boob for a extended time.

  2. Actually I’ve just read this and I know the woman assaulted because we use to sing at karaoke together for years and years.. shes tiny and really sweet.. great voice too!! this guy Big Rob is a moron thinking its ok to push her around and then go to her work place!! OMG how is that!!.. I hope the judge sees through his pseudo law and finally gives everyone in the Lismore region some peace of mind.

  3. Echonet daily isn’t the Byron echo. They write stories about events in the Lismore and surrounding areas. Big Rob on the other hand is a walking headline


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