Fight in street: bid for bail fails

A LAVINGTON man completing an intensive corrections order for driving matters was yesterday remanded in custody over his involvement in a fight with another man at a central Albury intersection early on Saturday.

Benjamin Kramer, 22, of Dick Road, appeared in Albury Local Court charged with affray and indicated an intention to plead not guilty.

Solicitor Tim Hemsley said Kramer claimed he was struck first by the other man.

Mr Hemsley said Kramer worked as a plasterer and would be in custody for some time if bail was refused.

But police prosecutor Sgt Andrew Pike opposed bail, saying there were a large number of matters involving violence on Kramer’s record.

Magistrate Tony Murray refused bail. He ordered a police brief of evidence and adjourned the case until March 31.

Mr Murray said it was the third time Kramer had been charged with an affray offence.

The court was told police were patrolling Dean Street about 12.50am on Saturday when they saw Kramer and another man at the Olive Street intersection punching each other.

Officers stopped and ran across the road but when they arrived three security guards from The Bended Elbow were trying to separate the two men.

Kramer was on top of the other man throwing punches and police yelled at them to stop.

But Kramer continued to throw punches before getting a short burst of capsicum spray.

He was taken back to the police station, said he was punched first and was only defending himself.