Union boss to plead guilty to Xmas crimes

John Setka is expected to plead guilty to two charges over an incident at a Melbourne home.
John Setka is expected to plead guilty to two charges over an incident at a Melbourne home.

Construction union boss John Setka has indicated he will plead guilty to two criminal charges following an incident at a Melbourne home, sparking a political response.

The CFMEU secretary appeared briefly in Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday, when prosecutors indicated they wished to have a number of other charges struck out.

A charge of allegedly breaching a court order will remain, along with another charge, of which details cannot be revealed for legal reasons.

Setka's lawyer subsequently voiced a willingness to plead guilty to two remaining charges.

Setka is on bail for the accusations, which police said occurred at a West Footscray home between December 23 and 26 last year.

The union boss previously told reporters he would "love" to comment but had been advised not to.

The state Liberal opposition was quick to pounce on Thursday's news from court, calling for Premier Daniel Andrews - who has been pictured beside Setka at union rallies - to use his influence to end Setka's Labor party affiliation.

"It is unacceptable for Daniel Andrews to march in the street with John Setka, to stand by him, when this man is pleading guilty," senior Liberal MP Louise Staley told reporters.

"Daniel Andrews is enormously powerful within the Labor party. If he wants someone gone, he can make it happen."

The premier's office declined to comment while the case is before the court.

Setka is due to return to court for a plea hearing on June 26, when he will officially answer the charges.

Australian Associated Press