Man beaten, robbed: accused to stand trial

A BALLARAT man accused of being part of a group who used a metal pole to beat a young deaf man while robbing him, has been ordered to stand trial in the County Court.



Michael Dawson, 21, appeared in Ballarat Magistrates Court on Wednesday where he pleaded not guilty to the alleged daylight attack in which the victim was left lying on a Wendouree Street with lacerations and bruises to his face. 

Dawson is charged with armed robbery, while his two co-accused’s – who cannot be named for legal reasons – have already been sentenced after pleading guilty to robbery charges in a children’s court. 

A Crown prosecutor, reading from an agreed summary, said Dawson and his co-accuseds had unsuccessfully tried to buy alcohol from the Premix King in Howitt Street, Wendouree, about 9pm on June 11 last year. 

The court heard the victim, a deaf man, walked into the same liquor store about 9.30pm, leaving with a 10-pack of bourbon cans. 

Walking along Lake Street towards his friend’s house in Wendouree, the victim was allegedly jumped by Dawson and his co-accuseds who had been watching him from a parked car. 

Giving evidence during the committal hearing yesterday, the victim said he was struck several times with what looked like a metal bar before one of the accuseds crushed a drink can and hit him across the face with it. 

Dawson and the co-accuseds then fled the scene, allegedly stealing the victim’s wallet and his bourbon. 

Dawson’s defence barrister, Erin Ramsay, originally asked magistrate Cynthia Toose for a sentence indication before proceeding with the committal hearing when Ms Toose said Dawson was facing immediate jail time.

“I just see this charge as too serious to give him a suspended sentence,” Ms Toose said. 

“It was quite predatory behaviour.”

Dawson was remanded in custody and will face a directions hearing in the County Court at Ballarat on May 22.


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