Extortion accused freed on bail for four weeks

BAIL was granted yesterday to the Mongols outlaw motorcycle gang member accused of carrying out an extortion attempt allegedly issued by Wodonga businessman Vyv Weatherall.

Jye Douglas Carter, 35, of Wheelers Hill, formerly of Albury, is charged with two counts of extortion, recklessly causing serious injury, intentionally causing injury and making threats to damage property.

In the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court yesterday Carter was granted bail with conditions.

He must stay away from the Wodonga area, undertake drug testing, report to the Glen Waverley police station three times a week and abide to a curfew.

He was bailed to the same court on February 25.

Weatherall, 80, owner of Weatherall Masonry and former Elgin’s Hotel licensee, was charged with arranging Carter to threaten to assault a Huon man to obtain property on November 21.

Wodonga man Darren Phillip Tucker, 28, was also charged with two counts of extortion.

It follows the accusation a Huon man, 46, was confronted at the front gate of his Murray Valley Highway property in November, when it is alleged threats to assault him and damage his property were made.

He was allegedly punched, causing permanent facial injuries.