– “That’s what we’re here for.”
These were the taunting words uttered by David Cassai’s teenage attacker as the young Templestowe man lay unconscious on a Rye footpath, police told a bail hearing yesterday.
Dylan John Closter, 18, laughed and joked after striking Mr Cassai, 22, in an unprovoked attack in the early hours of New Year’s Eve, Melbourne Magistrates Court was told.
The Millgrove teenager, who is charged with manslaughter, appeared dishevelled and avoided eye contact with more than a dozen young people in the courtroom.
He is the second man to be charged over the attack.
A 24-year-old Kilsyth man charged with intentionally causing injury and affray has been bailed to face court on February 20th.
The court heard that around 12:50 am, Mr Closter hip-and-shouldered Mr Cassai as he walked along Point Nepean Road with seven other people, before abusing him, enticing him to fight.
Mr Cassai kept walking.
It is alleged Mr Closter then struck Mr Cassai at least three times. Mr Cassai fell to the footpath and lost consciousness; he died in hospital hours later.
The court heard a long-term friend of Mr Closter was due to be interviewed by police at 9 am today.
Prosecutor James Henderson opposed bail, saying he feared Mr Closter would tell his friend of details of CCTV footage he was privy to, and the two could put their heads together.
Magistrate Kay Robertson said the risk of this occurring was the sole reason she was denying bail.
Homicide Squad Detective Senior Constable Carla McIntyre has earlier said Mr Cassai’s family also strongly opposed bail being granted because of the seriousness of the offence and because they’ve lost their son”.
Defence lawyer Bernie Balmer said most victims’ families would oppose bail.
But he said a young man with no criminal history should not face a lengthy wait in jail while the case was prepared.
Mr Closter’s father, Stephen Closter, told the court he was shocked.
He had never known his son, a third-year apprentice plumber, to be involved in anti-social behaviour.
Dylan Closter is also charged with one count of affray and two counts of intentionally causing serious injury to two other men, Andrew John and Vincent Tran.
Ms Robertson said a fresh application for bail could be made before a committal mention hearing on April 26th – Emily Portelli