Family Christmas party bail application denied for Von Stanke brothers


By Meagan Dillon


December 14, 2018 14:30:50

Two brothers who admitted to killing a Mount Gambier father in a violent street brawl will not be able to attend a family Christmas party together.

Key points:

  • Dominic Von Stanke was refused a bail variation to attend the same Christmas party as his brother
  • The brothers pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Rex Court in August
  • The judge said “a heated situation may arise” if the brothers were allowed to attend the same party

Dominic Von Stanke, 21, applied to the South Australia Supreme Court to vary his bail so he could attend the same Christmas lunch as his 25-year-old brother Jordan in their hometown of Carpenter Rocks, in South Australia’s south-east.

In August the brothers pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of 32-year-old Rex Court, who died from severe head injuries he sustained during a street fight in Mount Gambier on May 13, 2017.

The charge was downgraded from murder.

Justice Geraldine Davison denied the application, saying the two co-accused were charged with serious offences and tension between the two could become heated at the party.

“The party would leave both him and his brother in very vulnerable positions… possibly a heated situation may arise,” she said.

“It’s not appropriate to vary bail to allow the applicant to attend then party where he’ll be in contact with his brother.

“It’s likely, next week, submissions will be made in respect of a lengthy term of imprisonment being imposed.”

Strict bail conditions in place

She said the brothers had been subject to strict home detention bail conditions which prevented them from speaking, except when they travel to Adelaide for court appearances.

They are bailed to live in the homes of different family members.

The Adelaide Magistrates Court previously heard that two groups became involved in a fight on Commercial Street East.

The violence was described as “alcohol-fuelled”.







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