A BRIGHT man facing charges of assault with a baseball bat has been released on bail, despite police fears that his ice addiction could lead him to reoffend.
Bradley Ladgrove, 24, had spent more than two months in custody since handing himself into the Wangaratta police station on March 30 to end a police hunt for him around the North East.
He appeared in the Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court last week on charges of intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury.
Detective Senior Constable Neal Thompson, of the Wangaratta Criminal Investigation Unit, told the court Ladgrove and two other men allegedly used baseball bats to hit another man in the head in Freeburgh on December 20, fracturing his skull.
The victim was airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital where he underwent surgery.
Ladgrove was already on bail for another alleged assault in a Bright street on October 19 that left the victim unconscious, then failed to show up for court in February.