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Weeping stuntman goes to jail


By Caitlin Bewley
(1st Yr Swinburne Uni)

A reappearance from ‘Mad Max’ in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrates Court saw Magistrate Gregory Robinson hand down a jail term for his recent antics.
The 21-year-old, Max Dennison, fronted court on Friday October 26 in handcuffs, having spent 43 days in custody.
Prosecutor Senior Constable Lisa Schoemaker told the court the accused’s offending was “strikingly similar” to that of April last year, which saw him incarcerated for 50-days, after a video on Facebook identified Dennison riding a motorbike and performing dangerous stunts in the main street of Bacchus Marsh
The prosecutor told the court Dennison was spotted traveling along Young Street September 13 of this year, when the police identified and attempted to intercept him.
It was alleged the police signalled for the accused to pull over, to which Dennison began to gain speed and flee the police.
The court heard the accused gained excessive speeds of 93km/h along Fisken Street, which was a signed 40km/h zone due to roadworks.
Prosecutor Lisa Schoemaker said the police interviewed the accused at work, to which he said, “the police weren’t behind (him)”.
“These are less serious offences than those dealt with in last April,” the accused’s lawyer said.
“He understands that there was a risk of people coming onto the road, but the witnesses (road workers) said they didn’t feel like they had to move.”
“This is not what I was expecting when I released him,” Magistrate Gregory Robinson said.
“When I gave him a community-corrections order I thought that might be the end of it, but he’s back with similar offending.”
“I don’t want to give him the assumption that there won’t be consequences if he reoffends,” Magistrate Robinson said.
A sobbing Dennison was convicted and sentenced to two-months imprisonment, his licence was also suspended for 12-months. With time already served on remand Dennison will be incarcerated for 17-days.