WITNESSES could be called upon after the two men charged with the shooting death of Troy Hocking inPortlandin mid-October faced the Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
Leonard Sciascia, 26, of Heywood, and Dylan Robertson, 32, of Portland, have both been remanded in custody since the incident which occurred inWillunga St, Portland, on October 15 last year.
In a packed court room Sciascia appeared in person under police custody while Robertson appeared via video link from Port Phillip Prison.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt ordered both men be remanded in police custody for a committal hearing that will take place in the Warrnambool Magistrates’ Court on May 13.
The court heard that the committal hearing could be expected to take four to days with the possibility of a number of witnesses being cross examined.
On Tuesday Robertson was also facing a number of other charges, to which he pleaded guilty, for crimes committed prior to the alleged murder.
Police prosecutor Sergeant Sandra Skilton said that, on February 2, 2012, Robertson breached an intervention order by going to thePortlandhome of his ex-partner at the time.
“When questioned by police he said the reason for breaching the order was that he just wanted to see his kids,” Sgt Skilton said.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.