KILLED FOR JUST $200 – Tuesday July 16 2013

– Hastings jeweller Dermot O’Toole was allegedly murdered for no more than $200 worth of jewellery during a botched armed robbery, court documents reveal.
Gavin Perry, 26, of Crib Point, appeared in Melbourne Magistrates Court yesterday afternoon charged with murdering the 64-year-old at the shop he owned with his wife, Bridget.
Mr Perry, who hung his head below the level of the dock throughout the filing hearing, is also accused of intentionally causing serious injury to Mrs O’Toole. A third charge alleges Mr Perry robbed jewellery valued at $200 from the couple’s shop, The Jewel Shed, armed with a knife.
One of Mr O’Toole’s three sons, Christian O’Toole, sat in court with his wife today to look at the accused.
According to detectives, Dermot O’Toole was fatally stabbed by a bandit after going to his wife’s aid during the robbery on Friday afternoon. He died at the scene.
Mrs O’Toole, 63, was also stabbed and was admitted to hospital.
Prosecutor Patrick O’Halloran told magistrate Jack Vandersteen that Mr Perry’s image should be suppressed from publication as witnesses were soon to view photoboards as part of the investigative process.
Mr O’Halloran said the witnesses might be influenced if they saw Mr Perry’s image beforehand.
“Identity is a live issue,” Mr O’Halloran said. Mr Vandersteen suppressed Mr Perry’s image for two weeks.
The hearing was told investigators had seized shop CCTV footage as well as footage of the accused man at a nearby supermarket before the crime occurred.
Detectives had seized clothing believed worn by the accused man, the court was told.
Homicide detectives have until September 30th to serve the brief of evidence.
Mr Perry tried to turn away from the courtroom when Mr Vandersteen told him to stand. “Look at me please,” the magistrate ordered.
Mr Perry, wearing a maroon T-shirt and dark tracksuit pants, turned forward and was told he would next appear in court for a committal mention on November 11th. He was then returned to the cells.
Christian O’Toole hugged his sobbing wife afterwards – Paul Anderson


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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