TAUNT AFTER FATAL BLOW – Friday January 4 2013

– “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


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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