No show over Mulwala police station raid

WARRANTS have been issued for the arrest of a Victorian man charged with breaking into a caravan park and the police station at Mulwala.

Liam Corey Hume, 28, formerly of Warragul, failed to appear in the Albury Local Court yesterday.

In his absence he was committed to stand trial in the District Court at Albury.

His solicitor, Bill Roberts, withdrew from the case.

Magistrate Tony Murray refused Hume bail in December, but he was then given Supreme Court bail to attend drug and alcohol rehabilitation.

Mr Murray yesterday committed Hume to stand trial on a date to be fixed for aggravated breaking and entering when people were present, car theft and breaking and entering causing property damage.

The court had previously been told in tendered facts during a bail application that Hume, who had been in Mulwala with others on June 10 last year, had argued with a woman about 11pm.

They had gone separate ways and she went to her Yarrawonga home.

Hume allegedly rang her 45 minutes later and said he was going to steal a car.

He entered a caravan at the Lake Mulwala Holiday Park, in which a man and his family were sleeping, about 1.45am .

He stole the keys to a Triton utility along with the man’s mobile phone and drove off.

Hume rang the woman again soon after to tell her he was inside the Mulwala “cop shop” and was stealing a safe.

He was seen driving the utility at Yarrawonga about 3am where he collected his suitcase and left.

A Mulwala officer was called back to duty at 3.10am over the vehicle theft from the caravan park.

When he arrived at the station, he found its badly damaged back door was ajar.

Once inside, he saw that the station had been ransacked with several items, including a computer, monitor and closed-circuit footage hard drive, destroyed.

The station’s safe, which weighed more than 100 kilograms had been moved about five metres.

The station had been left locked at 6.30pm the day before.