16 February 2023

Bail refused for Leeton man facing allegations of stealing, assault, fraud and police chases

| Albert McKnight
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Michael Maurice Coghill has been refused bail by the Griffith Local Court. Photo: Oliver Jacques.

A man handed 40 charges alleging incidents of stealing, assault, fraud, police chases and driving offences has been refused bail ahead of his next court appearance.

Michael Maurice Coghill was arrested in remote bushland in Murrumbidgee Valley National Park on Tuesday (14 February), NSW Police say.

It is alleged the 28-year-old led officers on pursuits through Leeton on 9, 10 and 12 February, before stealing a Toyota Hilux and a caravan from the same town on Tuesday.

He had been granted bail when he appeared in court to enter pleas to several other charges earlier this month.

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But when he was hauled back before the Griffith Local Court on Wednesday after his recent arrest, he did not apply for bail and it was formally refused by Magistrate Trevor Khan who set his next court appearance as 15 March.

Mr Coghill’s charges include single counts of assault, stalking, shoplifting, dishonestly obtaining property by deception and menacing another vehicle while driving.

Other charges include four counts of police pursuit, three counts of larceny, three counts of driving recklessly or furiously and two counts of stealing a vehicle.

No pleas were entered.

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