Assault suspect denied travel

Australian man's work visa expires

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— An Australian man facing charges for assaulting a man and vandalizing a hotel last week had his request to leave the country denied by a judge Wednesday.

Richard Kelvin Lillingstone-Hall, 22, through his attorney, Norm Townsend, requested permission from Routt County Judge James Garrecht to leave the country to activate a tourist visa.

"Mr. Lillingstone's work visa has expired," Townsend said. "His 10-day grace period is going to run out real soon.

"I would ask the court to trust Mr. Lillingstone to go to Mexico to get a tourist visa and come back. He has no intention of fleeing. This incident is an aberration of his life. He has no

criminal history."

Garrecht denied Townsend's request.

"The district attorney's office would have to go through a lot of hoops to extradite him from another country," Garrecht said.

Deputy District Attorney Charles Feldmann argued against the request.

"He is facing serious charges," Feldmann said. "I don't want to have to chase him through other countries."

Lillingstone-Hall has been charged with felony second-degree assault causing bodily injury, two counts of felony criminal mischief, two counts of misdemeanor mischief and harassment.

Lillingstone-Hall, who has worked for the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.'s ski school for the past two ski seasons, allegedly broke the left cheekbone of Irvin Fisher and damaged Fisher's vehicle. Lillingstone-Hall allegedly assaulted the 63-year-old man after jumping on the van and breaking its window with his fist. He also allegedly harassed a woman when he attempted to stop her vehicle, which was also traveling on Mount Werner Circle.

Moments before Lillingstone-Hall assaulted Fisher, a co-worker, he allegedly heaved a chair through a window of The Cabin restaurant inside the Steamboat Grand Hotel The alleged incidents took place on April 11.

Townsend made the request Wednesday for his client to travel to Mexico because Lillingstone-Hall does not want to compound his current problems with being caught in the country illegally and face further trouble with the Immigration and Naturalization Service, Townsend said.

"Mr. Lillingstone is caught between a rock and a hard place," he said.

To escape any problems with INS, Feldmann urged Lillingstone-Hall to surrender himself to the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

"If he surrenders himself to the Sheriff's Office, the INS will place a hold on him,"

Feldmann said.

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