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March 15, 2018

A MAN who consistently breached a family violence intervention order has been given a six month good behaviour bond.

Three breaches of IVO

A MAN who consistently breached a family violence intervention order has been given a six month good behaviour bond.

An 28-year-old Echuca man appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court on Wednesday, January 31 to plead guilty to three beaches of the IVO.

Police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said the first breach was on May 17, 2017.

‘‘The accused walked directly past the victims place of work at around 5.30pm,’’ she said.

‘‘On the same day the accused sent a friend request to the victim on Facebook.

‘‘On May 19 at 2.31pm the accused sent the victim a text message which was in breach of the order.’’

The court heard the accused wasn’t aware the order was still in place.

Magistrate John Murphy sentenced the man to an adjourned undertaking until July 24, 2018 without conviction. Driver loses licence

A MAN who drove early New Year’s Day after sinking 20 cans of mid strength beer the night before will be off the road for 12 months.

Ian Archer, 29, appeared in Echuca Magistrates Court recently to plead guilty to drink driving.

The court heard Archer blew .056 just before 8am on January 1.

‘‘Police observed the accused on Crosthwaite St Kyabram at 7.50am,’’ police prosecutor Senior Constable Rachael Hitchens said.

‘‘A preliminary breath test allowed officers to form the opinion that alcohol was present so he accompanied them to the Kyabram police station.

‘‘A evidentiary breath test showed the accused had a blood alcohol concentration of .056.’’

The court heard Archer admitted in his police interview he had 20 cans of mid strength beer the night before.

Magistrate Sarah Leighfield said because he had a previous drink driving charge in 2010 she had to take his licence for a minimum of 12 months.

She then fined him $700.

Art funding available

APPLICATIONS are now open for the Victorian Government’s Small Regional Presenters program to bring new shows, performances and festivals to our region.

Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes encouraged local not-for-profit arts groups, arts societies, venues and councils to apply for a grant and increase the range of cultural experiences available.

Grants of between $1500 and $15,000 are available to support a single show or live event, a series of shows or an annual program.

For information, visit creative.vic.gov.au

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