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Former Lismore mayoral candidate Big Rob.

Charges against Big Rob continue to be dismissed by magistrates with the latest matter this week involving a video allegedly depicting two girls fighting.

Mr Rob appeared in Lismore Local Court this week to answer to two counts of publishing or broadcasting a person’s name prohibited by section 15A of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987.

The former kebab shop owner and failed mayoral candidate was charged on March 7 this year after posting a video on his North Coast Crime Facebook page and posting updates about it.

The footage showed four or five teenage girls allegedly assaulting a teenage couple at Goonellabah.

Initially the video was shared on Facebook by one of the alleged attackers, and shared by a number of people, before Mr Rob posted it.

After the footage had been on Mr Rob’s Facebook page for about two weeks, and police received a number of complaints, he was charged.

It was alleged one of the charges related to sharing the video and the second count concerned the police updates about the arrests in the matter.

As most of the magistrates on the North Coast have disqualified themselves from hearing Mr Rob’s matters, magistrate Kathy Crittenden handed down the decision via videolink from Parramatta Local Court following a closed court hearing in October.

The first charge was dismissed as magistrate Crittenden found a lack of evidence that proceeding had commenced in court when he shared the video.

She also found that Mr Rob sharing the arrest updates by police didn’t meet the definition of an additional independent publication of the juveniles identity.

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