Echuca assault accused bailed

By Elise Snashall-Woodhams
Updated November 6 2012 - 8:03pm, first published February 13 2012 - 12:30am
BAILED: Mustafa Hadis outside the Bendigo Magistrates Court yesterday.

A MELBOURNE man who police allege drove to Echuca, bound his father’s partner with duct tape, assaulted her and robbed the house, was granted bail yesterday.Mustafa Hadis, 20, of Meadow Heights, faced the Bendigo Magistrates Court on several charges, including intentionally causing serious injury and theft yesterday.The court heard Hadis had been estranged from his father since the age of two and had recent attempts at contact rebuffed.Detective Senior Constable Ray McNish said Hadis had attended his father’s house twice in the week leading up to the attack.The first time he was told his father wished to have no further contact with him, the second his father was not home.Detective McNish said two days later, on January 18, Hadis and two co-accused attached stolen number plates to a car and again drove to Echuca, parking some distance from the victim’s address.“The victim was home alone in bed and at about 7am was awoken to see Hadis standing outside her bedroom window,” he said.Detective McNish said when the 58-year-old victim went outside to confront Hadis, he grabbed her and tried to pull her back inside, causing her to fall to the ground.He said Hadis then called out for help from his co-accused and they dragged the victim inside where they struck her face and arms with a rubber mallet.“Once inside, the victim’s hands were bound with packing tape, she also had her mouth and head covered to quell her screaming,” Detective McNish said.He said Hadis and the two co-accused then stole a large amount of jewellery and two mobile phones.He said the victim feared for her life, especially when one of Hadis’ co-accused took a knife from the kitchen.“The victim was taken to hospital with injuries to her head requiring stitches, severe swelling to her hand and bruising to her arms and legs,” he said.Detetctive McNish said the attack was a “premeditated act” with the men pre-packing the tape, mallet, screwdrivers and gloves.The court heard Hadis made full admissions when later arrested and interviewed by police, saying he felt hurt by his father and “emotionally rejected”.Hadis’ bail application was opposed by police, but his defence counsel said it was important her client was released as he was the sole carer of his mother.Hadis was bailed, with strict conditions, to appear at the Bendigo Magistrates Court for a committal mention on April 4.

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