In a subscriber-first exclusive, the licensee of a Tamworth hotel will fight allegations he influenced a witness after allegedly allowing indecency at the venue.
THE licensee of a Tamworth hotel will fight allegations he influenced a witness after allegedly allowing indecency at the venue.
Michael Foxman fronted Tamworth Local Court this week on five charges, spanning two separate police investigations.
Foxman, the licensee and owner of the Imperial Brew House on Marius Street, has pleaded not guilty to all five charges.
The 49-year-old was first charged in June by the Oxley police licensing unit.
Police will allege the licensee permitted indecency on the licensed premises in Tamworth between 7pm on June 14 and 12.30am the next day.
He's also accused of refusing or failing to comply with a request made of the person under this part of the act, without a lawful excuse, between June 27 and July 11.
In a second matter before the court, Foxman is accused of acting with intent to influence a witness and two charges of intimidation.
Police will allege he had a telephone conversation intending to persuade a man - who was to be called as a witness in judicial proceedings - to give false evidence or withhold true evidence.
Foxman is then accused of intimidating the same man, as well as another, with the intention of causing physical or mental harm, between 10am and 3pm on July 7.
Police charged Foxman after he was apprehended at Tamworth Police Station by officers on July 23, after an investigation.
As part of his bail, Foxman must be of good behaviour and attend court when required. He is prohibited from contacting witnesses and using social media to discuss the matter before the court.
Both matters were mentioned in court this week; Foxman's barrister Bruce Donnelly formally entered pleas of not guilty to all five charges.
The court ordered police to compile briefs of evidence into both matters and serve it on Mr Donnelly by early September. The case returns to court that month.
Foxman remains on conditional bail.