Casino gunman had stalked victim: court


Casino gunman had stalked victim: court - 9th May 2008
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A man accused of gunning down a fitness instructor at Star City Casino had already been convicted of stalking his victim, a Sydney court has been told.

Todd William Devaney, 37, was also wanted by police for assaulting and stalking someone else at the time of the shooting.

Devaney did not appear at Sydney's Central Local Court.

He was refused bail and will undergo a psychiatric assessment before his next court appearance in June.

Devaney, from Mount Riverview in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, faces charges of attempted murder, malicious wounding and three counts of possessing a loaded firearm.

It will be alleged a heavily-armed Devaney shot 28-year-old Holly Graham twice in the pelvis area inside the Pyrmont casino complex about 2pm (AEST) on Thursday.

Ms Graham worked as a fitness instructor at the casino's gym, but also had a career as a model.

Documents tendered to the court stated Devaney had a string of convictions for firearms offences, stalking and armed robbery dating back more than a decade.

He served a nine-month suspended jail sentence in 2004 for stalking Ms Graham, who had taken out an apprehended violence order against him.

Ms Graham, reportedly a former girlfriend of Devaney, remains in a Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.

Police will allege they found Devaney carrying three loaded semi-automatic pistols when they arrested him near the casino about an hour after the shooting.

Those weapons were a .22 calibre Phoenix, a .22 calibre Beretta and a .45 calibre Norinco.

Devaney was seen wearing a stick-on beard as he was bundled into a police wagon.

A number of items were strewn across the footpath at the scene of the arrest, including a rubber mask, a flick knife, rounds of ammunition and an authentic-looking police badge.

The court papers stated Devaney had a history of changing his appearance, with two prior convictions for being disguised with intent to commit a felony.

The court was told the warrant for Devaney's arrest was issued after he breached his bail by failing to attend Penrith Local Court on Monday, where he was convicted in his absence for assaulting and stalking a 24-year-old man.

Magistrate Allan Moore formally refused Devaney bail and remanded him in custody to face the same court via audio-visual link on June 19.

Devaney will undergo a psychiatric assessment before his next appearance, his solicitor Michael Croke told the court.

The shooting shut down parts of Pyrmont, as police responded to the incident.

About the time of the shooting, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was in the Pyrmont area attending the official opening of Fairfax Media's new Sydney headquarters.

Ms Graham, in a 2005 listing on the website for online motoring magazine AutoBabes, was described as one of Sydney's "hottest and most sought after models", but gave up modelling in 2007.

Ms Graham also appeared on the Nine Network's Body Work, discussing how she used plastic surgery to keep her "trademark face picture-perfect".

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