The man who rammed the Bourke Street attacker with a trolley last week has been given bail despite allegedly stealing a bike and breaking into a cafe and taking cash.
Michael Rogers, 46, now known as ‘Trolley Man’, was spared time behind bars by a magistrate on Saturday but under strict conditions including that he cannot set foot in the Melbourne CBD and must report to police daily.
“This is a unique and incredible opportunity for this man to access supports that can only assist him to engage in meaningful rehab,” his lawyer said.
Rogers made national headlines when he was filmed ramming a trolley into knife-wielding Hassan Khalif Shire Ali during the November 9 terror attack in the CBD.
The act prompted a crowdfunding campaign to help the homeless man back on his feet – but it also brought him to the attention of police.
Melbourne restaurateur Sisto Malaspina, 74, was killed and two other men were wounded in the attack.
Shire Ali was shot by police and died later in hospital.
– with AAP