This carry-over story from last year just won't go away. Three young apprentice footballers caused a night of mayhem and public violence in December, 2001 at Melbourne's Federation Square. The main media interest was the involvement of Kade Carey - nephew of Wayne Carey, the Slogger from Wagga (an appellation relating to his weakness for slogging it to his teammates' wives).
From The Age story last year:
[T]hey were approached by up to five security guards patrolling the precinct, and a fight broke out.
Two of the guards went to hospital with serious injuries including eye socket, nose and wrist fractures.
Police used capsicum spray to overpower and arrest the trio, during which Carey allegedly assaulted one of the officers.
Here's the posse leaving court today:
It seems that Dane Swan, left, Kade Carey and Aaron Ramsay weren't content with a traditional serve of football drink'n'biff. No, what makes this crew stand out is the manner in which the altercation started.
Lauren Marriner, the driver of the vehicle, told police that she saw three men standing on the side of Flinders Street. Then one of them ran at her car.
"As I got closer to the males, I slowed down so I wouldn't hit them. As I was still moving slowly, the larger guy ran at my car, ran onto the bonnet and jumped on my windscreen 'body slam' style," Ms Marriner told police.
Carey, 21, is charged with intentionally destroying property, that being Ms Marriner's windscreen. He also faces 16 other charges relating to an alleged brawl with security staff in the square.
Swan, 20, faces 13 charges that include intentionally causing injury and assault by kicking. Ramsay, 22, is charged with recklessly causing serious injury and intentionally causing serious injury. (The Age)
What the hell is going on? This guy apparently just charged the windscreen of a passing girl's car!
Was this some sort of ploy to get the ladies' attention?
Or a case of misidentification of a taxi followed by an entirely reasonable effort at hailing it in the notorious Fed Square rank?
Please submit your own ideas as to why an adult man would hurl himself at a slowly-moving vehicle ... other than to say "Yep - he's a professional AFL footballer, alright".
Must be sobering to face charges in court for hospitalising other people. Not for these three tools; it's time for more intimidation and smirking:
Magistrate Charlie Rozencwajg asked Kade Carey to move seats in court 17 at Melbourne Magistrates Court and stop intimidating Vanessa Denami as she sat in the witness box.
"I'd like you not to eyeball the witness when she is giving evidence . . . it's not right," Mr Rozencwajg said.
Mr Rozencwajg also told Carey, 21, and his two co-accused, Aaron Ramsay, 22, and Collingwood defender Dane Swan, 20, to stop smirking during the hearing. Swan spent much of the afternoon session swigging on a water bottle. (The Age)
These thugs should find it easy to get sponsors for charcoal suits, hair gel and sunnies because we're going to be seeing a lot more of them dressed like that than in football guernseys.
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