Accused false radio caller again denied bail

A court heard that a former baggage handler alleged to have made hoax transmissions that caused a Virgin flight to abort its landing is a bright young man obsessed with aircraft.

Paul Sant, 19, of Rockbank, is charged over 16 hoax radio transmissions to aircraft and air traffic control between 5 September and 3 November. He has been in custody since 21 November.

He is charged with one count of interference likely to endanger safety or cause loss or damage and four counts of endangering the safety of aircraft, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.

His defence told the bail hearing that if released from custody should receive ongoing counselling. But Melbourne Magistrate Jelena Popovic was told that if Sant is bailed, the youth justice court advice service was not in a position to supervise him.

Magistrate Popovic was concerned about the lack monitoring, but with proper bail conditions ought to be released. Sant was remanded in custody until his hearing continues on 22 December.


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