By Caitlin Bewley
(2nd Yr Swinburne Uni)
An alleged assault on CFA volunteers saw a 22-year-old father of two front court for the second time, after allegedly lighting a bonfire during a period of total fire ban.
Mahkah Hine first appeared before Magistrate Ron Saines on Friday 8 March and again on Friday 29 March, to face a total of eight charges, which included causing injury, threat to kill, affray and assault.
Hine told the court on March 8 that he was “pleading not guilty” and needed time to “seek legal representation” before a final decision could be made.
Hine was released on bail and then reappeared last Friday 29 March before Magistrate Gregory Robinson in the company of legal representation, seeking an adjournment to appear with his co-accused father, Miles Hine, also facing charges.
The adjournment was granted, and the duo are set to appear in the Bacchus Marsh Magistrate’s court June 7 for a contested hearing.