gunman stalked victim, court told, Arjun Ramachandran
- 10th May 2008
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.
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.
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.
Graham, 28, was reportedly Devaney's former girlfriend.
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.
was yesterday refused bail and will undergo a
psychiatric assessment before facing Central Local
Court on June 19.
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
photographs of Ms Graham from the online motoring
magazine AutoBabes emerged yesterday, associates
told how she had sought to reshape her life and
Montsouranis, who photographed her for the magazine,
said she was one of the publication's "most
sought after girls".
is] a lovely girl, very radiant … a well-balanced,
intelligent, beautiful young girl.
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."
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.
a very bubbly personality, and a lot of people
want to attend her classes."
Graham's father, John Graham, hoped her healthy
lifestyle would aid her recovery.
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.
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."