Casino gunman stalked victim, court told


Casino gunman stalked victim, court told, Arjun Ramachandran - 10th May 2008
(Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald)


The alleged gunman in this week's casino shooting has been revealed in documents tendered to a court as a long-time offender who previously stalked his victim, a model who was striving to reshape her life.

Todd Devaney, 37, the man arrested over the shooting at a Star City gym on Thursday, was charged with five offences including attempted murder. The Mount Riverview man did not appear at Central Local Court yesterday, but court documents revealed a string of convictions dating back to 1992.

These included a nine-month suspended jail sentence in 2004 for stalking the shooting victim, Holly Graham, a fitness instructor, who had taken out an apprehended violence order against him.

Ms Graham, 28, was reportedly Devaney's former girlfriend.

Court documents also showed that on Monday police had issued a warrant for Devaney's arrest, after he failed to appear in Penrith Local Court to face charges of assault and stalking.

Devaney was yesterday refused bail and will undergo a psychiatric assessment before facing Central Local Court on June 19.

Ms Graham was yesterday in a stable condition at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She was shot multiple times at close range in the pelvis and stomach, minutes after she had finished instructing a Pilates class.

As photographs of Ms Graham from the online motoring magazine AutoBabes emerged yesterday, associates told how she had sought to reshape her life and career.

Anestis Montsouranis, who photographed her for the magazine, said she was one of the publication's "most sought after girls".

"[She is] a lovely girl, very radiant … a well-balanced, intelligent, beautiful young girl.

"She gave up modelling in 2007, and that's when she moved to the more spiritual realm, like the yoga. She dyed her hair brown and changed her look and became more corporate."

Ms Graham then joined Star City. "She started as a cocktail waitress but always looked to go into the fitness area," said a Star City colleague, who did not wish to be named. "She's been working for the fitness centre for more than a year, where she is one of our most popular instructors.

"She's a very bubbly personality, and a lot of people want to attend her classes."

Ms Graham's father, John Graham, hoped her healthy lifestyle would aid her recovery.

"Naturally, she is devastated at what has happened, but her focus is on recovering quickly and getting back to her normal life," he said in a statement.

Walter Bugno, an executive with Tabcorp, owner of Star City, described Ms Graham as an "enthusiastic and caring instructor". "She always has a smile and a word of encouragement for those visiting the health club."

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