A HEYWOOD man charged with murder after a shooting incident in Portland was yesterday remanded in custody until February 12 next year.
Leonard Sciascia, 26, of Princes Highway, appeared in Warrnambool Magistrates Court for a remand hearing at 2pm via a video link with magistrate Ann McGarvie in Geelong Magistrates Court.
Mr Sciascia has been charged with one count of murder.
Warrnambool police prosecutor Senior Constable Kevin Mullins sought to have Mr Sciascia remanded in custody until February 12 for a committal hearing mention.
Senior Constable Mullins said Mr Sciascia had also agreed to supply police with a forensic sample.
Mr Sciascia sat quietly in the dock listening and watching the proceedings, only metres away from his mother and about 10 other family members and friends.
His mother cried out “my boy, my boy” as he was being led back to the Warrnambool police station cells.
Mr Sciascia called back to his mother: “It’s all right, they’re not going to keep me.”
It is understood Mr Sciascia has told Victoria Police homicide detectives he acted in self-defence.
Portland’s Troy Hocking, 20, died after suffering a gunshot wound to his stomach on Monday during a confrontation in Barkly Street.