• Seasoned offenders apologise for crimes, refused bail

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    CRASH SCENE: Police and other emergency services at the scene of the overturned car near Glenrowan last week. PHOTO: Emma Hillier

    TWO Melbourne men who rolled their car trying to evade police last Wednesday on the Glenrowan-Moyhu Road fronted Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

    Jeffrey Cauchi and Bayram Birsoz had been in custody since their arrest and were facing multiple charges including motor vehicle theft, reckless conduct, drug possession and obtaining property by deception, and were applying for bail before Magistrate John Murphy.

    The court was told that Cauchi’s criminal history extended to 14 pages and he currently faced several “outstanding matters” while Birsoz had a 24 page rap sheet and was currently on bail on armed robbery and drug trafficking charges.

    Detective Neil Thompson from Wangaratta CIU told the court the drama began when a Glenrowan police officer noticed a suspicious vehicle at the Glenrowan northbound service centre which had two different registration plates on the front and back.

    Police and the Wangaratta Highway Patrol then intercepted the men on the Hume Freeway but when the officers left their vehicles to interview the men the suspect vehicle sped away, driving through nearby paddocks to make their escape.

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