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Man charged with 80 offences further remanded in custody

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April 11, 2018

A man charged with more than 80 offences, including one burglary which allegedly netted him and a co-accused more than $200000, faced court yesterday.

Michael Roper, of no fixed address, faced Shepparton Magistrates’ Court via videolink from Melbourne Remand Centre.

Mr Roper was arrested in October, following a crime spree which allegedly started after he was released from prison in August 2016.

The accused’s most recent offending allegedly started in May last year, with his last crime committed on October 31.

Police arrested Mr Roper on November 3, following a joint investigation between five Criminal Investigation Units across north-east Victoria.

When police eventually linked the crimes to Mr Roper and his co-accused, they managed to evade police for almost two months before being caught.

Public prosecutor Ashleigh Harrold asked Magistrate Peter Mithen to adjourn the matter until May, meaning Mr Roper would be remanded for another six weeks.

‘‘I will adjourn your matter and note there is no application for bail,’’ Mr Mithen said.

Co-accused Kylie Sutton also faced court yesterday, via videolink, with defence lawyer Luke Slater also seeking an adjournment.

‘‘This matter is slightly complicated, almost all of the evidence has been provided to us,’’ he said.

‘‘She does have some summary matters, which we wish to be adjourned to the same date.’’

Ms Harrold did not oppose the adjournment.

The two will face Shepparton Magistrates’ Court on May 22 for a further committal mention.

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