Man wants a shot at rehab

MITCHELL Barnes, the man charged with terrorising a Spring Hill farmer who caught him and his friends illegally shooting kangaroos on his property is trying to get into rehabilitation to address his issues with alcohol.

Barnes is in custody, and in Orange Local Court on Thursday his solicitor Bob Lulham made an application to the court to say he is confident he has been able to find a place in a rehabilitation facility on the north coast of New South Wales.

He said he is seeking a place at the rehabilitation unit so his client can address his issues with alcohol.

However the process has been held up because Barnes is currently on parole for a case which was brought against him in the children’s court.

“The bed is going to be available next Thursday if a deposit of $775 is paid,” Mr Lulham said.

Barnes is charged with using a firearm in a manner that is likely to injure a person, possessing ammunition without a licence, drug supply, malicious damage and possessing an unauthorised firearm.

Mr Lulham told the court he is hoping to establish the status of Mr Barnes’s parole matter before next week and asked for the case to come back to court to see if his client can be released into rehabilitation.

Magistrate Terry Lucas said he wasn’t willing to grant bail until Barnes status with his children’s court parole could be confirmed.

Police allege in the  Spring Hill incident the farmer was confronted by Barnes who illegally fired at him to warn him off.

Bail was refused and Barnes will appear in Orange local court next week.

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