– Former AFL player William “Billy” Nicholls aimed a gun at a man’s head before shooting him in the leg, a court has heard.
Mr Nicholls, 32, who played 16 games for Hawthorn and Richmond from 2001 to 2004, was granted bail on Thursday on charges over the shootings of two men in separate incidents in Geelong.
Supreme Court Justice Kevin Bell ruled it would be unacceptable for Mr Nicholls to face a long time in custody before a trial that might start as late as 2015, given he was entitled to be presumed innocent.
Justice Bell said Mr Nicholls was of previous good behaviour, had a supportive family including three young children and prospects for employment, and was unlikely to contact prosecution witnesses.
Mr Nicholls has been charged over the shooting of Khalib Alloush outside the former footballer’s Corio home on June 18th last year and over the shooting of Scott Sheppard in North Shore on January 8th this year.
He faces charges including intentionally causing serious injury and recklessly engaging in conduct endangering life, along with firearm offences.
The prosecution alleges Mr Nicholls detailed his involvement in the two shootings in a personal diary, along with his drug use, association with criminal elements and access to firearms.
He and his co-accused were also overheard by police telephone intercepts speaking about the two shootings and of standover tactics, the court heard.
Detective Senior Constable Adam Radley told the court police intelligence showed Mr Nicholls pointed a gun at Mr Alloush’s head but that it would not discharge. The detective said the intelligence showed Mr Nicholls then shot Mr Alloush in the leg.
But defence counsel Justin Hannebery said there were question marks over the prosecution’s case and that police were reliant on Mr Nicholls’ co-accused, who had an “inherent interest in minimising his involvement”.
Justice Bell granted bail on a $100,000 surety. Mr Nicholls is yet to enter a plea. He is scheduled to appear in court next on September 20th – Adam Cooper


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