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BREAKING NEWS – Free on Appeal

After an Appeal in the County Court Ballarat, Mahkah Hine is a free man. Photo - facebook

A Bacchus Marsh man who assaulted a firefighter will walk free from prison, with a clean record.

In breaking news, the County Court of Victoria has confirmed to the Moorabool News that 22-year old Mahkah Hine will not serve jail time, following an appeal at the Ballarat County Court today (Friday, 9 August).

Although Hine initially pleaded guilty to assault and threatening to kill a CFA member, he will instead serve an 18-month community corrections order, with 200-hours of community service.

The three-weeks of jail time served will also no longer be reflected on Hine’s criminal record.

Hine was originally sentenced to 14-months imprisonment with a non-parole period of eight months, as well as a fine of $750 by Magistrate Gregory Robinson on Friday, 2 August.

It is unknown if Hine will still have to pay the outstanding fine.

Mahkah Hine and his father, Miles Hine, allegedly verbally abused and assault a CFA worker on the evening of 3 February 2019, following a non-structure fire lit at Miles Hine’s residence during a period of Total Fire Ban.

Magistrate Robinson vividly described Hine as a “loose cannon that needs to be contained” while sentencing the father of two earlier this month.

Miles Hine’s court appearance was adjourned to a later date.