Teen ‘nearly killed’ in glassing

March 14, 2018

A MAN accused of glassing a teenager in the neck on the weekend will remain behind bars after a magistrate found him to be a flight risk.

A MAN accused of glassing a teenager in the neck on the weekend will remain behind bars after a magistrate found him to be a flight risk.

Echuca’s Kane Comport, 24, appeared in custody at Echuca Magistrates Court yesterday charged with recklessly causing injury, affray and assault-related offences after the incident in the McDonald’s carpark early Saturday.

The attack left an 18-year-old man with a 25cm gash to his neck, requiring 25 stitches.

In a lengthy bail application, Senior Constable Josh Coombes told the court the glass missed the carotid artery by millimetres.

‘‘If he had moved forward or used slightly more force, we would be looking at more serious charges,’’ he said.

Snr Constable Coombes said after an altercation between two groups of people in the fast food carpark, Comport and co-accused Cameron Laffan were escorted by security into a taxi.

He said Comport, armed with a glass stolen from the Echuca Hotel, and Laffan then jumped out of the taxi after a comment was made and ran towards the victim.

‘‘The accused has raised the glass and struck him to the left-hand side of the head,’’ he said.

‘‘A brawl has erupted and security intervened and all parties separated before the accused and co-accused ran back to the taxi and fled the scene.

‘‘In audio footage from the taxi, the accused was heard saying ‘he’s lucky that’s all he f***ing got’.’’

The victim was treated on the scene by paramedics before being taken to Echuca hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

The teen has since been discharged and is consulting with a plastic surgeon about further operations.

‘‘The victim is terrified,’’ Snr Constable Coombes said.

‘‘He has already changed his lifestyle and is in fear of a similar incident occurring.’’

Snr Constable Coombes told the court police opposed bail because of Comport’s propensity for violence and risk of further offending, interfering with witnesses and fleeing.

The court heard Comport went back to his mother’s house in Sunbury on Saturday, before being arrested in a car on the Northern Hwy in Echuca on Monday.

Taking to the stand, Comport’s mother Nicole Mennillo said when her son arrived at her place, he told her he ‘‘got into a fight’’ and ‘‘it was serious’’.

‘‘I told him he had to go to the police. He said he would go on Monday,’’ she said.

Although lawyer Tim McCulloch said his client was returning to Echuca to hand himself in, police believe Comport was planning to flee as he had texted his employer indicating he was leaving the area.

The court heard during a police search of Comport and Laffan’s home on Saturday, drug paraphernalia including a glass pipe and used syringes were found.

It was also revealed Comport has an outstanding warrant in Queensland and a criminal history, including being found guilty of theft and intentionally causing injury, both without convictions, and an assault matter in a Children’s Court in 2012.

‘‘He was arrested in relation to an incident at a train station and upon release, he sought out the victim from the assault and further assaulted them,’’ Snr Constable Coombes said.

‘‘The accused has a high propensity for violence and is unable to control his urges.’’

Mr McCulloch urged magistrate Michael King to bail Comport, on the condition he live with his mother and not enter Echuca.

But not before police prosecutor Senior Constable Dave Rennie told Dr King ‘‘He has attacked an innocent man resulting in a young man nearly being killed’’.

Dr King agreed that the risk of Comport fleeing would not be met with bail conditions.

He refused bail and remanded Comport in custody to appear in the same court on April 10.

Laffan, 24, has been charged with affray and theft of the glass used in the attack.

He has been bailed and will appear in Echuca Magistrates Court on June 20.

■Police are still appealing to anyone with information about the incident or video footage to contact them on 54831500 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.

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