Warrnambool man risks jail as he contests bash, threat charges

Jason Mervyn Farey, 38, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week for a contest mention hearing.

Jason Mervyn Farey, 38, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week for a contest mention hearing.

A WARRNAMBOOL man alleged to have bashed and threatened his former partner will contest criminal charges. 

Jason Mervyn Farey, 38, appeared in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court this week for a contest mention hearing. 

He has been charged with assault, causing criminal damage, making a threat to kill, aggravated breach of an intervention order and breaching an intervention order.

Mr Farey has already spent 50 days in custody and has a six-month suspended jail sentence hanging over his head.

Magistrate Ron Saines indicated he would impose a 12-month jail sentence with a shorter non-parole period if Mr Farey pleaded guilty.

Defence counsel Michael McKenna said his client was not willing to accept the sentence indication because Mr Farey had issues with the charges.

Mr Saines warned that if the charges were found proven Mr Farey could expect to receive a 12-month term to be served. The case has been set down for a contest on September 4.

Mr Farey and the alleged victim had been in a long-term relationship before separating in February last year.

Police alleged that Mr Farey had prior convictions for breaching intervention orders nine times, had assaulted his ex-partner five times and there had been 25 reports to police of family violence.

It was alleged that in February this year Mr Farey stayed at his former partner’s home with their three children while she went to Ballarat to visit her father,  staying with a friend overnight.

When she returned home Mr Farey threw a bike at her and rocks towards the street while their children were present.

On June 6 Mr Farey allegedly attended his former partner’s home at 2pm smelling of alcohol while the victim was in the shower.

The woman claims Mr Farey said he would kill her, grabbed her in a headlock, stopping her from breathing, and smashed her head into the shower. 

Mr Farey only stopped when a child came into the room. When one of the children tried to ring 000 Mr Farey took the phone from the child.

He is also alleged to have returned to the home on June 14 and damaged her car by kicking it.

When arrested on June 22 Mr Farey allegedly made partial admissions during a recorded police interview and said he wasn’t 100 per cent  clear about the conditions of his intervention order.

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