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Bail denied after alleged Vic crime spree

AAP logoAAP 27/09/2016 Caitlin Guilfoyle

A drug addict charged over an allegedly life-threatening crime spree in Melbourne has hurled abuse at a police officer while being denied bail.

Sean Paul Murphy launched the tirade in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Tuesday as Magistrate Luisa Bazzani began explaining her decision.

"You're a f****n' rat," he yelled from the dock, pointing across the room at Detective Senior Constable Brendan Eames-Mayer.

"I'll find you when I get out, c***."

The 27-year-old Murphy faces 48 charges, including assaulting police, conduct endangering life, making threats to kill and drug trafficking.

Most charges relate to an alleged spate of offending in March, where the 27-year-old allegedly waved a fake gun at pedestrians after ramming two police cars and biting an officer.

Police say Murphy threw thousands of dollars in cash from his car as they pursued him, and then went on the run for two weeks before violently resisting arrest.

Murphy allegedly rammed the police cars after officers tried to intercept him over suspected drug dealing.

Officers broke Murphy's window and tried to pepper-spray him, but he managed to drive off after biting an officer on the thumb, Det Sen Const Eames-Mayer alleged.

More police tried to stop him near the Queen Victoria Market, but Murphy allegedly reversed into an outdoor dining area, forcing three diners to run for their lives.

Murphy allegedly threw more than $2000 cash from his window before pushing through a red light, waving an imitation gun and yelling at pedestrians: "Get the f*** out of the way".

Police say Murphy eventually abandoned the car and caught a taxi.

Officers allegedly seized drugs, blood-filled syringes, a black imitation hand gun, more than $15,000 cash and jewellery from his car.

Det Sen Const Eames-Mayer said Murphy was using about $3000 worth of ice and heroin a day at the time of the alleged offending.

The court also heard Murphy had secured a spot at a private $15,000 per month drug rehabilitation facility, and he would go there if granted bail.

Murphy's lawyer, Robin Chaudhuri, argued rehabilitation and strict bail conditions would reduce any risk Murphy posed.

But Ms Bazzani said Murphy had endangered the lives of innocent people and there was an unacceptable risk he would reoffend if released, particularly given his history of substance abuse.

Murphy has indicated he will be fighting the charges.

He is also charged over the notorious Ravenhall prison riot last year.

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