Cops Hunt Runaway Groom Who Skipped Bail

Man becomes husband and fugitive in same weekend
By Brownie Marie,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 3, 2015 9:59 AM CDT
Cops Hunt Runaway Groom Who Skipped Bail
Murat Shomshe and wife, Belinda Dulevski.   (Facebook)

Police, and likely an angry wife, are looking for an Australian man who jumped bail last week. Murat Shomshe was released from Port Phillip Prison in Victoria to attend his wedding July 25, then sneaked out of his house two days later, reports the Herald Sun. The 33-year-old was incarcerated on a weapons charge, and County Court Judge Richard Maidment was initially skeptical about releasing him. “I’m concerned a little bit about the fact there is a firearm out there (and) the fact that there is a complainant who is probably justified to be in fear,” he said during the bail hearing on July 24. Maidment eventually relented, under the condition that Shomshe report to police daily, follow a curfew, stay away from witnesses, and turn himself in last Monday.

Shomshe's bride, Belinda Dulevski, paid a $10,000 bond to get her man released, and was in the shower when he slipped out the home. "She was not aware of what was going on," Dulevski's mother tells the Herald Sun. "She didn’t help him." A Victoria Police Association representative says that Shomshe should never have been released because a wedding does not "meet the show cause or exceptional circumstances in the bail application," according to the Guardian. Police have narrowed their search to four suburbs of Melbourne, and are confident that the newlywed will be apprehended. "The bride didn’t get her man," says a police rep, "but rest assured, the police will get theirs." (More bail stories.)

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