A WARRNAMBOOL man again charged with threatening and assaulting his partner has been released on bail yesterday after agreeing to no longer see his partner.
Jason Kane Thomas, 44, previously of the Catalina Caravan Park, Port Fairy, has been charged with breaching an intervention order, threatening to inflict serious injury and unlawful assault after an incident early Thursday morning. Magistrate Peter Mellas agreed to release Mr Thomas on bail only after it could be proven he had somewhere to stay and the accused agreed to stay away from the alleged victim.
Mr Thomas was granted bail until June 10 on the condition he live in Colac with his parents in Moore Street, not contact witnesses including his partner and obey an 8pm to 7am curfew.
Acting Sergeant Adrian Dolman told the court that early Thursday the victim and Mr Thomas were drinking cask and bottled wine in their emergency accommodation at the Catalina Caravan Park.
The woman had lost her Department of Housing accommodation after her Warrnambool unit was destroyed in a fire last week.
About 1am Thursday, Mr Thomas is alleged to have become aggressive and threatened the victim by putting her head through a wall.
Acting Sergeant Dolman said the woman was fearful and fled in her bare feet to a neighbour’s house, who contacted police. When police arrived the woman was shaking, upset and fearful.
An intervention order banning Mr Thomas from committing family violence against the woman was put in place on April 24.
On the same day, police attended a park in Colac after Mr Thomas and the woman argued. Police allege Mr Thomas punched the woman to the face.
Charges relating to that assault and breaching an intervention order had been adjourned to be heard in the Colac Magistrates Court on June 10.
Acting Sergeant Dolman said that an interim intervention order was put in place on April 22 after an incident between Mr Thomas and the woman on April 20 in Warrnambool.
It is alleged that they argued and Mr Thomas threatened to grab the woman by her head and smash her into a wall.
Acting Sergeant Dolman said there had been three incidents between Mr Thomas and the woman last year in five months.
He said Mr Thomas always denied allegations and both had drinking and mental health issues.
Acting Sergeant Dolman said the relationship between Mr Thomas and the woman was unhealthy and unsafe, the violence was escalating and becoming more frequent.
He said police opposed bail as Mr Thomas was a strong likelihood of contravening the intervention order and committing further assaults.