Kialla man remanded over siege

By Ashlea Witoslawski

A Kialla man, 41, alleged to have been involved in a siege on Thursday last week, appeared in Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday facing charges including arson, reckless endangerment and assault.

Police and emergency services were called to Brendan Youie’s address at Reserve St, Kialla, about 4pm last Thursday after reports a man had allegedly become aggressive towards paramedics following an overdose. It was alleged the ambulance crew entered the premises and were forced to retreat, leaving their equipment behind.

Mr Youie faced multiple charges including criminal damage using fire and destroying $48487 worth of Ambulance Victoria equipment, namely a Stryker Stretcher, OBR, medication bag, Combi Carrier and a Zoll Monitor.

He has also been charged with reckless endangerment of three police officers and assault against two paramedics.

Mr Youie faced the court flanked by custody officers, appearing dishevelled and confused.

His parents joined him in the courtroom, alongside Mr Youie’s defence lawyer Luke Slater.

Mr Slater requested the hearing be pushed back to next month before sharing a list of concerns about Mr Youie’s health and asking for Magistrate David Faram to note them.

Discussing the siege, Mr Slater said Mr Youie only intended to injure himself. ‘‘Mr Youie is upset he placed the community in danger,’’ he said.

The defence also raised concerns about Mr Youie’s wellbeing during his stay in custody due to mental health issues and alleged alcoholism.

‘‘He has some custody management issues and there are grave concerns from his parents regarding his mental health,’’ Mr Slater said. ‘‘He was drinking 16 VB stubbies per day and is suffering from liver and kidney problems as we speak.’’

Mr Youie’s father echoed the concerns of Mr Slater, saying his son was recently treated for the medical issues.

Mr Slater told the court Mr Youie had been receiving valium while in custody and said custody officers had told him his client was refusing to eat, which the accused’s parents said was a side-effect of his alcohol dependency.

Mr Slater also said Mr Youie had previously threatened to kill himself in police presence.

Mr Faram noted Mr Slater’s concerns.

‘‘I can only urge you to listen to those who care for you,’’ he said.

‘‘I urge you to eat and drink and hopefully someone will speak to you while you’re in custody.’’

Mr Youie was remanded in custody to reappear in court next month.