Dean Costello, 28, of no fixed address, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Wednesday and will be held in custody to front Geelong court next Tuesday until accommodation issues are resolved.A COLAC ice user has been remanded in custody after being charged with offences relating to the use of a credit card at businesses along the Great Ocean Road.
Dean Costello, 28, of no fixed address, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Wednesday and will be held in custody to front Geelong court next Tuesday.
He was arrested on Monday night and Senior Constable Paul Marsland told court Mr Costello was found to be already on bail charged with assault. He is contesting that charge and is scheduled to appear in the Dandenong Magistrates Court on January 13.
Mr Costello now faces 11 new charges mainly relating to the alleged fraudulent use of a credit card between Ocean Grove and Peterborough during the past fortnight. He has also been charged with two weapons offences.
Senior Constable Marsland said police opposed bail as Mr Costello was an unacceptable risk of reoffending, had nowhere to live and ongoing drug issues relating to crystal methamphetamine.
He said he had spoken to Mr Costello’s mother who said if her son had been locked up some time ago he wouldn’t be in all the trouble he was now.
Senior Constable Marsland said it was clear Mr Costello’s mother was highly frustrated by her son’s behaviour and drug use and she said that even if he was bailed to live with her in Colac he wouldn’t stay.
Mr Costello’s solicitor Xavier Farrelly said he had talked to his client’s father who was supportive of his son living at his parents’ home. However, he said his client’s mother may be less willing.
Magistrate John Lesser said he was sitting in Geelong court next Tuesday and remanded Mr Costello until then.
Mr Costello’s partner, a 24-year-old Colac woman, has also been arrested, interviewed, charged and bailed to appear in the Colac Magistrates Court on January 27.
She has been charged with 13 offences relating to the alleged fraudulent use of a credit card.
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