BREACHING bail conditions by drinking alcohol has led to a Warrnambool man being remanded in custody for another week.
Robert Proctor, 38, of Ocean Grove, applied for bail in Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday but he was remanded in custody to reappear next Thursday.
Mr Proctor’s bail was revoked on Wednesday last week when he appeared in court. One of his bail conditions was that he not consume alcohol.
Police alleged that at 4.18am that day they received a report that a man was causing a disturbance outside a home in Ocean Grove, Warrnambool.
When police officers arrived at 4.22am they found Mr Proctor outside the address holding a large knife.
A police sergeant attempted to negotiate with Mr Proctor but the accused man threatened to stab himself in the chest.
Mr Proctor refused to drop the knife, officers subdued him with capsicum spray, arrested him and placed him in the police cells.
Mr Proctor was then noticed by officers to place his head in a cell toilet and raise his legs off the ground. Police found Mr Proctor in a semi-conscious state in his cell and he was taken to hospital for treatment.
When taken to hospital Mr Proctor was found to have a blood-alcohol reading of .128.
On July 27 Mr Proctor was released on bail with the condition he not consume alcohol.
He told police he had drunk one bottle of beer. Police found a number of empty stubbies of heavy beer at the address where he was living.
Mr Proctor told court his mother was in hospital at Geelong facing exploratory surgery and his 17-year-old daughter was soon expecting a baby.
“I don’t know how long my mother has got to live,” he said.
Magistrate Jonathan Klestadt asked Mr Proctor why he had been consuming alcohol in breach of his bail conditions.
Mr Proctor said when he found out about his mother and talked to other family members, he needed something to settle him down.
Mr Klestadt said an alcohol reading of .128 was far more than something to settle Mr Proctor down.
The magistrate said Mr Proctor had got back on the grog a number of times when on bail, then got into trouble and police had been called.
Mr Proctor said he had spent nine days in the cells and he had understood he had mucked up.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Nathan Brown said it was clear Mr Proctor and his partner had a dysfunctional relationship and offending between them only stopped when one of them was remanded in custody.
Mr Proctor’s partner said police officers looked down on her like she was scum, she believed Mr Proctor should be out on bail receiving support and being in custody didn’t help him.
Mr Klestadt said he was concerned that the partner would be the victim of serious violence and end up in a hospital or cemetery.
He remanded Mr Proctor in custody for another week, with the hope that all charges against him could be finalised in court next Thursday.