One of WA’s wealthiest men, Russian-born entrepreneur Eugeni ‘Zhenyi’ Tsvetnenko has had a weapons charge against him dropped.
Mr Tsvetnenko and former Olympic boxer Adam Tony Forsyth did not appear in the Perth Magistrate’s Court this morning where prosecutors dropped charges of possession of a controlled weapon against the men.
The pair had been accused of firing a bow and arrow at a target in a Mosman Park reserve in May.
Prosecutors this morning decided to discontinue the charges after deciding it was not in the public interest to proceed with the matter.
Mr Tsvetnenko and Mr Forsyth had previously indicated through their lawyer that they would fight the charges and the case had been due to go to trial in September.
The pair, did not appear in court this morning, and were represented by lawyer Gary Massey who made an application for $400 costs to be awarded to the men.
A university drop-out, Mr Tsvetnenko made his fortune by setting up a business that enabled customers to receive paid SMS entertainment services on their mobile phones.
His company later expanded to mobile phone advertising.
In 2010 he was named one of Australia’s richest people under the age of 40, appearing in BRW magazine’s Young Rich List with more than $100 million to his name.
The flamboyant millionaire and his wife Lydia are known on the Perth social scene for their lavish parties, including their $600,000 wedding ceremony.
Mr Forsyth competed for Australia at the 2004 Athens Olympics in the men’s heavyweight division.Outside court, Mr Massey said Mr Forsyth and Mr Tsvetnenko were relieved the charges had been dropped.
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