Portland man denied bail

Nigel Stevenson, 33, of Willunga Street, Portland appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to apply for bail and be released from police custody.

Nigel Stevenson, 33, of Willunga Street, Portland appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to apply for bail and be released from police custody.

A PORTLAND man has been denied bail over allegedly assaulting his former partner at McDonald’s.

Nigel Stevenson, 33, of Willunga Street, Portland appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on Monday to apply for bail and be released from police custody. 

But magistrate Peter Mellas told Mr Stevenson he had little faith the accused would comply with bail or any court conditions set down.

Police prosecutors said Mr Stevenson allegedly breached an intervention order and assaulted the victim at a Portland home on June 24 and again on July 5 at the McDonald’s restaurant in Warrnambool. 

“Mr Stevenson has been in an on-and-off again relationship with the victim,” Senior Constable Paul Harris said. 

“The first occasion relates to being pushed and punched. At the incident at McDonald’s it’s alleged to be a push.” 

Senior Constable Harris said the couple were known to police. 

“Their relationship has been fiery and both have abused drugs and alcohol,” he said.

Mr Stevenson told the court he should be released from custody because of a medical condition and bone infection.

But Mr Mellas told Mr Stevenson he wasn’t convinced because the alleged second breach and assault had happened in a public place.

“There is an identifiable risk that similar offending will occur,” Mr Mellas said. 

“I have no confidence that any intervention order or order by this court will minimise this behaviour.” 

Mr Stevenson was denied bail and will reappear in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court on July 28. 

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