A close friend of Labor leader Bill Shorten has been charged over allegations of vandalism at a Melbourne polling booth on election day.
Andrew Landeryou, a former politcal blogger and husband of Labor senator Kimberley Kitching, will face a Melbourne Magistrates’ Court in February on five counts of theft and five counts of criminal damage.
Two other men have also been charged over the incident.
Andrew Landeryou, the husband of Labor senator Kimberley Kitching (pictured right), will face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for charges of vandalising campaign posters in the July Federal elections
Dean Sherriff (pictured), along with David Asmar, husband of Health Services Union Victoria Diana Asmar, will also face court next year for the same 10 charges
Landeryou and his wife are both political allies and long-time friends with Mr Shorten over the years through Labor party events, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
David Asmar, husband of Health Services Union Victoria No. 1 branch secretary Diana Asmar, faces the same 10 charges.
Dean Sherriff, who has worked as an industrial officer for the Health Workers Union, is charged with criminal damage and theft as well as assault.
Back on July 2, police confirmed they had arrested four men in St Kilda over allegations of damaging booths, campaign signs and posters in the Port Philip area during the federal election.
During the arrest, a car was searched and three box cutters were seized, police said at the time.
Landeryou is also a close friend of Labor opposition leader Bill Shorten
All three men have been charged by summons to appear in court on February 15.
Speaking in Melbourne on behalf of the Turnbull government, Special Minister of State Scott Ryan said it was ‘probably not appropriate for me to make public comment until after the court matters have concluded’.
In a similar incident during the July Federal elections, a female Green volunteer helping campaigning for the seat of Higgins, in Melbourne’s inner south-east suburbs, was bitten on the finger during a struggle with suspected Liberal Party supporters, The Age reported.
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