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Darwin Man Faces Court With String Of Offences Following Arrest After Lengthy Chase

Jermaine Shane Austral appeared before the Darwin Local Court on Monday, facing a series of charges, including aggravated burglary, robbery, assault, and firearms offences. 

The 27-year-old was arrested on Friday at a residence in Batchelor, approximately 100 kilometres from Katherine to Darwin. 

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His arrest culminated after a multi-day pursuit by law enforcement.

During the court proceedings, Mr Austral was seen wearing orange prison attire, his ankles restrained by chains, as he faced the charges brought against him.

Judge Therese Austin highlighted the extensive nature of Mr Austral’s alleged offences committed throughout October, the latter resulting in a woman sustaining a broken nose. 

Notably, these acts occurred while Mr Austral was in “significant” breach of a suspended sentence previously imposed in early August by Judge Austin herself.

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Judge Austin detailed the conditions of Mr Austral’s suspended sentence, which involved supervision in Alice Springs under the monitoring of probation officers. 

It was revealed that Mr Austral had violated these conditions, absconding from the residential rehabilitation facility in Alice Springs by severing his electronic monitoring.

It was operated without supervision despite having approximately nine months remaining on his suspended sentence.

Mr Austral’s legal representatives sought a postponement of the hearing concerning the breaches to coincide with his appearance scheduled for January, focusing on the newly laid charges. However, Judge Austin denied this request.

He is set to make his next court appearance in December to address the charges brought against him.

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