Man set to plead guilty over asbestos parcels

By Liz Mellino

A Shepparton man is intending to plead guilty to sending close to 40 asbestos-filled packages to embassies and consulates across Australia, a court heard yesterday.

Savas Avan, 49, appeared in the Shepparton Magistrates’ Court yesterday via video link over the incident dating back to January this year.

The court heard Mr Avan was charged with sending 38 postal packages to foreign diplomatic offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Canberra via Australia Post between January 2 and 7 this year which contained a quantity of asbestos.

The single charge stated the actions were in a manner that gave rise to a danger of serious harm to another person and was reckless as to the danger of serious harm.

Mr Avan’s lawyer Luke Slater told Magistrate John Doherty that his client intended to plead guilty to the charge.

The court heard Mr Avan, who has been in remand since January 10, will face the Shepparton County County in August for a plea hearing.