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More charges possible for alleged racial attack

POSSIBLE FURTHER CHARGES: Dylan John Slegers was in Ipswich Court yesterday over a incident at Indian Mehfil. The case was adjourned until July 27.
POSSIBLE FURTHER CHARGES: Dylan John Slegers was in Ipswich Court yesterday over a incident at Indian Mehfil. The case was adjourned until July 27. Rob Williams

THE man at the centre of a racially-charged attack at the Indian Mehfil restaurant in the Ipswich CBD may face more charges.

Dylan John Slegers, 22, appeared in the Ipswich Magistrates Court yesterday facing a single charge of public nuisance.

Police prosecutor senior sergeant Kevin Carmont asked Magistrate Andrew Cridland for the matter to be adjourned as police were continuing to investigate the incident.

He said more charges may be laid against Mr Slegers in the coming week and a lengthy amount of court time may need to be set aside as video evidence would be played.

Mr Slegers has been accused of launching a racially charged attack on the family of Raj Sharma, owner of Indian Mehfil, as well as staff at the restaurant last month.

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Mr Sharma has alleged his children were racially abused by a man, who police say was Mr Slegers, who then entered the restaurant and yelled abuse at people inside.

After being repeatedly asked to leave the store it's alleged he only left when escorted out by another.

However, on his way out police say he grabbed a chair from one of the outside dining tables and threw it back at the people standing inside the door, narrowly missing them.

The incident caused an outrage within the Ipswich community, over an allegedly racist attack.

The court heard Mr Slegers' bail would be extended.

As conditions of his bail he was banned from approaching the complainants, the Indian Mehfil restaurant or d'Arcy Doyle Place in the Ipswich CBD.

The matter was adjourned until Tuesday, July 29.

Topics:  ipswich magistrates court, mehfil indian restaurant, public nuisance, racial abuse



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