Deportation threat for a man with a history of violence

RAOUL Levi Walton may be deported to New Zealand, his country of birth.

His barrister Diana Price said yesterday Walton, 30, had never attained Australian citizenship after coming here with his mother and father when he was young.

Ms Price said the Immigration Department in 2012 had considered action against Walton because of his criminal record.

The issue was a “lingering uncertainty” for him and his family.

Ms Price said Walton had recently fathered two children — one with a former partner and another with present partner Jessie Cruikshank.

Ms Cruikshank, 21, had a daughter on February 20 and the other woman had a son three months ago.

Walton has another son, 12, with a former partner and Ms Price said there are growing responsibilities for him with three children.

But crown prosecutor Tom Lynch said Walton had been offending for 12 years and his three references did not mention his criminal offending.

Walton had not explained why he had a knife and why three other men were involved in a knife fight on New Year’s Eve in 2010.

Mr Lynch cited Walton’s NSW criminal history since 2003 when he appeared in Albury Local Court on charges of assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and being armed with intent.

“That is the commencement of violent offending,” Mr Lynch said.

He said Walton had received a 12-month jail term in 2004 with further terms in 2006 and two separate periods of custody in 2007.

Mr Lynch said Walton, when aged 25, was jailed for 20 months with a minimum of 14 months in 2008 on charges of assaulting a police officer, affray, escaping police custody and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

“They are continuing and escalating crimes of violence,” Mr Lynch said.

Walton was jailed in 2012 for assaulting a police officer.

Judge Roy Punshon said Mr Lynch had indicated Walton is not “a reformed man”.

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